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Document ID (ISN)111519
CIS number 11-0207
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ahonen E.Q., López-Jacob M.J., Vázquez M.L., Porthé V., Gil-González D., García A.M., Ruiz-Frutos C., Benach J., Benavides F.G.
Title Invisible work, unseen hazards: The health of women immigrant household service workers in Spain
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.53, p.405-416. 48 ref.
Abstract This study examines the occupational hazards and health effects identified by immigrant women household service workers. It involved 46 documented and undocumented immigrant women in household services in Spain. Data were collected between September 2006 and May 2007 through focus groups and semi-structured individual interviews. In a second phase of analysis, data on psychosocial hazards were organized using the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire as a guide. Participants reported a number of environmental, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards and corresponding health effects. Psychosocial hazards were especially strongly present in data. Data on reported hazards were similar by documentation status and varied by several emerging categories: whether participants were primarily cleaners or household helpers and whether they lived in or outside of the homes of their employers. Documentation status was relevant in terms of empowerment and bargaining, but did not appear to influence work tasks or exposure to hazards directly. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Spain; conditions of work; women; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; migrant workers; health hazards; social aspects
Descriptors (secondary) state of health; psychology of work organization; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Generalities
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Precarious employment
Cleaning work
Domestic workers