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Document ID (ISN)103348
CIS number 04-332
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Azaroff L.S., Levenstein C., Wegman D.H.
Title The occupational health of Southeast Asians in Lowell: A descriptive study
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2004, Vol.10, No.1, p.47-54. 40 ref.
Internet access http://www.ijoeh.com/pfds/1001_Azaroff.pdf [in English]
Abstract To assess the occupational health of a group of vulnerable immigrant workers, 160 residents of Cambodian or Lao origin in Lowell in the U.S. State of Massachusetts were interviewed regarding working conditions, health problems and use of medical services. Over 40% reported working in electronics and computer assembly. A fourth of those currently employed held temporary jobs. Workplace hazards included soldering fumes, inadequate ventilation, prolonged sitting or standing, awkward postures, unguarded machinery, shift work, long hours and pressure to produce quickly. Common work-related health problems included sprains and strains, headache, dizziness and flu-like symptoms. Less than a third of the respondents were aware of workers' compensation.
Descriptors (primary) Massachusetts; state of health; temporary workers; electronics industry; migrant workers; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) influenza; workmen's compensation; shift work; work efficiency; assembly-line work; migraine; symptoms; work posture; soldering and brazing; psychology of work organization; metal fumes; hours of work; vertigo; sprains; ventilation; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Influenza
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Electronics industry
Precarious employment
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Bacterial and parasitic diseases