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Document ID (ISN)109733
CIS number 09-595
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Runyan C.W., Vladutiu C.J., Rauscher K.J., Schulman M.
Title Teen workers' exposures to occupational hazards and use of personal protective equipment
Bibliographic information Oct. 2008, Vol.51, No.10, p.735-740. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract Prior research indicates that working adolescents seek care for the toxic effects of on-the-job chemical and environmental hazard exposures. This cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 866 adolescent workers in the retail and service sector examines their exposures, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, and training. Two-thirds of respondents were exposed to continuous, very loud noise, 55% to thermal hazards and 54% to chemical hazards. Few teens reported using any PPE, though those who had been trained reported somewhat higher usage. Teens working in the retail and service sectors experience a variety of chemical, thermal, biologic and noise exposures. Efforts to eradicate such exposures need to be complemented by increased provision of PPE and appropriate training in their use.
Descriptors (primary) noise; toxic substances; chemical products; hot workplaces; young persons; job-exposure relation; services; retail trade
Descriptors (secondary) USA; cross-sectional study; safety training in industry; safe working methods; personal protective equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold
Retail industry
Noise