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Document ID (ISN)78592
CIS number 02-731
ISSN - Serial title Journal on Environment, Health and Industrial Development
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Saini R.S., Jaitli H.
Title Beedi industry - Working for solutions
Bibliographic information June 2001, Vol.2, No.1, p.10-14. 12 ref.
Abstract This article describes a survey carried out in the beedi industry in the city of Gwalior, India. The 75 respondents were all women, of average age 36 (13 to 75), having worked in the sector for an average of 14 years. Four suffered from asthma, 17 from chest pain and three from tuberculosis. All complained of breathlessness. Earlier studies report frequent miscarriages among women beedi workers due to the continuous squatting posture. Workers were found to have minimal awareness of their rights. Several recommendations are made for improving occupational health in this sector.
Descriptors (primary) small enterprises; women; conditions of work; tobacco industry
Descriptors (secondary) India; informal sector; tuberculosis; squatting posture; employee rights; respiratory diseases; abortion; questionnaire survey; asthma
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIndia
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Tobacco industry
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Bacterial and parasitic diseases