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Document ID (ISN)77035
CIS number 01-1087
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hansen H.L., Jensen J.
Title Female seafarers adopt the high risk lifestyle of male seafarers
Bibliographic information Jan. 1998, Vol.55, No.1, p.49-51. 19 ref.
Abstract To study the mortality of women in an occupation known to have a high mortality among men, 6,788 female seafarers of all job categories who had been employed on Danish merchant ships, passenger ships, and privately owned ferries between 1986 and 1993, were followed up until the end of 1993. The overall standardized mortality ratio (SMR) was 1.20 for all causes of death and job categories. For women in traditionally male jobs, SMR was 2.82, whereas galley and catering staff had SMRs close to the general female population. Among women in traditional male jobs, there is a high mortality from accidents, including occupational accidents. In the whole cohort, there were fewer deaths from natural causes than expected but an excess risk of death due to lung cancer, heart diseases, and non-natural deaths such as fatal accidents and suicide. An excess risk of lung cancer and heart diseases probably reflects high tobacco consumption. Female seafarers probably also adopt a high-risk lifestyle.
Descriptors (primary) mortality; women; sea transport; ships
Descriptors (secondary) Denmark; smoking; lung cancer; frequency rates; cohort study; long-term study; cardiovascular diseases; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Water transportation