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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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PISANI, Adriana; DE SOUZA VIERA, Raquel; LABORDE, Amalia  y  TOMASINA, Fernando. Study of risks and damages found in eucaliptus nursery plant workers. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2013, vol.39, n.1, pp.96-106. ISSN 0864-3466.

Objectives: this paper was intended to investigate the risk factors and the health/ disease status of eucalyptus nursery plant workers, Methods: an observational, cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted in 84 workers employed in a eucalyptus nursery plant. The methodology included interviews to qualified informants of the company and to workers were made, paying visits to nurseries where direct observation was carried out based on the classification of risk factors of the Italian workers´ model, the quantitative measurement of light, noise and temperature; use of an ergonomic method for assessing exposure to physical stress, filming and image recording as well as implementation of an occupational medical history protocol. Data was entered into a statistical database for analysis. Results: with the information obtained, a risk map was made highlighting the risk factors to which most workers are exposed and the health hazards that are most frequently found. Among these risk factors are those derived from the microenvironment such as temperature, lighting, exposure to sunlight, physical workload (postures, repetitive movements). The most common health problems were musculoskeletal disorders, cutaneous and ophthalmological problems. Conclusions: a surveillance plan for health monitoring was organized on the basis of the risk and hazard profile found in this study.

Palabras clave : nursery; risk factors; risk map.

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