ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Français | Español

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)103752
CIS number 05-117
ISSN - Serial title 0465-546X - Medicina y seguridad del trabajo
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Morales Suárez-Varela M.M., Esteve de Quesada M.J., Polanco Villalba B., Llopis González A.
Title Study of the evaluation of risk factors among tanning industry workers in the province of Valencia
Original title Estudio de la valoración de los factores de riesgo de los trabajadores de la industria del curtido de la provincia de Valencia [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.XLVI, No.180, p.25-35. 18 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to identify the risk factors to which tannery workers in the province of Valencia, Spain, are exposed. The main risk factors observed were noise, vibrations, ambient humidity, dust, vapours and gases. During the study period (1993-1995), a 2.5% increase in occupational accidents was recorded. Injuries consisted mainly of fissures or fractures in 1993 and musculoskeletal disorders from 1994 onwards. Significant differences were found by age group, the incidence of occupational diseases being the highest for workers aged above 45 years. Overall, the study shows an increased incidence of osteoarticular disorders among workers assigned to washing and finishing, or involved in several levels of production, an increased incidence of stress among workers assigned to washing and finishing, hearing loss among tanning workers and eczema among finishing workers or workers assigned to various levels of production.
Descriptors (primary) Spain; tanning industry; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) eczema; musculoskeletal diseases; stress factors; hazard evaluation; hearing loss
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Leather, fur and footwear
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Footwear, leather and fur industry