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Document ID (ISN)110016
CIS number 09-1085
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lu J.L.
Title Occupational hazards and illnesses of Filipino women workers in export processing zones
Bibliographic information 2008, Vol.14, No.3, p.333-342. 22 ref.
Abstract In this study on occupational exposure and health problems among women workers in export processing zones in the Philippines, hazards were evaluated through workplace monitoring, survey questionnaires and interviews with 500 respondents (88.8% women) in 24 companies. Data were subjected to logistic regression analyses. The top five hazards were ergonomic hazards (of relevance to 72.2% of the workers), heat (66.6%), overwork (66.6%), poor ventilation (54.8%) and chemical exposure (50.8%). The most common illnesses were gastrointestinal problems (57.4%), backache (56%), headache (53.2%), and fatigue/weakness (53.2%).
Descriptors (primary) manufacturing industries; Philippines; conditions of work; women; health hazards; risk factors; electronics industry
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; small enterprises; migraine; physical workload; gastrointestinal diseases; hot workplaces; chemical products; backache; ventilation; questionnaire survey; fatigue
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePhilippines
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Electronics industry
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment