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Document ID (ISN)77480
CIS number 01-1439
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) De Vito G., Molteni G., Camerino D., Bordini L., Molinari M, Capodaglio P.
Title Ageing and work: Health aspects in cleaners
Original title Invecchiamento e lavoro: aspetti sanitari nelle attivitÓ di pulizia [in Italian]
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 2000, Vol.91, No.4, p.387-402. Illus. 54 ref.
Abstract Since negative outcomes for health are possible when an age-related imbalance appears between physical workload and work capacity, cleaning is considered to be a suitable activity for the studying of the relationship between ageing and physically demanding jobs. Workers in this profession, mostly women, generally have low social status and are poorly educated with low levels of income and social support. The actual study involved 49 cleaners, all female, in the Italian cities of Milan and Pavia (average age: 37.8 and 34.8, respectively). The pathologies found were, mostly, musculoskeletal diseases. An increased prevalence of disorders of the elbow, the wrist, the hand and the cervical spine was revealed. These conditions seemed to be caused by poor work organization and non-ergonomic tools. This paper was presented at an International Seminar on Ageing and Work, held in Verona (Italy) on 7 Apr. 2000.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; cleaning; elbow lesions; hand injuries; ageing; women; cervical spine injuries; wrist lesions
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; Italy
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system