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Document ID (ISN)50686
CIS number 88-1918
ISSN - Serial title 0018-8247 - Higiena i zdraveopazvane
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koleva M., Penkov A., Nikolova Ž., Cankova T., Karadžova N.
Title Hygiene and psycho-social characteristics of the work of laboratory workers at research institutes
Original title Higiena i psiho-socialna harakteristika na truda na laboratorni rabotnici v naučni instituti [in Bulgarian]
Bibliographic information 1987, Vol.30, No.5, p.44-48. Illus. 2 ref.
Abstract The study covered toxicological, chemical, clinical, histomorphological, phytochemical, microbiological, and other laboratories. Microbial pollution of air and the concentrations of chemical compounds were measured. Microbiological data showed a seasonal dependence. Alcohols were found in the air, as well as nitrogen oxides and organic solvents at concentrations considerably above their MACs. The psycho-social study, carried out by a questionnaire method, showed that mental fatigue was more common than physical fatigue. Complaints of all kinds of fatigue were more common among the technicians (all women) than among the more highly trained specialists (men and women). Specialist women reported fatigue more often than specialist men. Better control of airborne contaminants and better organisation of work are recommended.
Descriptors (primary) laboratories; harmful substances; occupational psychology; research establishments; atmospheric pollution; women; fatigue
Descriptors (secondary) seasonal variation; alcohols; nitrogen oxides; microorganisms; fatigue assessment; questionnaire survey; occupational hygiene evaluation; job study; determination in air; organic solvents
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Fatigue
Environmental pollution
Air pollution
Psychological factors