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Document ID (ISN)111019
CIS number 10-0493
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Baumeister T., Weistenhöfer W., Drexler H., Kütting B.
Title Health inequalities according to plant size - Comparison of small- and medium-sized enterprises
Bibliographic information Aug. 2010, Vol.52, No.8, p.807-812. 21 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess enterprise size-related differences based on self-reported working conditions and their influence on perceived symptoms at workplace. A total of 799 metal workers involved in wet work from nine small-sized enterprises (SEs) and ten medium-sized enterprises (MEs) German metal working plants were interviewed in 2007/2008. Workers in SEs complained more often of hand eczema (20.2% versus 13.8%) whereas workers in MEs more frequently reported breathing problems (4.2% versus 0.9%). Work safety was higher in MEs. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; small enterprises; state of health; metalworking industry
Descriptors (secondary) conditions of work; dyspnoea; eczema; hand; safety consciousness; subjective assessment; medical examinations
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry