Work activities and workers' health in broiler production: a case study

Work activities and workers' health in broiler production: a case study

Author Alencar, Maria do Carmo Baracho de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Naas, Ia Google Scholar
Gontijo, La Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
Federal University of Santa Catarina Department of Production Engineering
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of health related symptoms and to analyze the work activities of workers in contracted non-mechanized broiler farms in two regions of the state of Paraná in order to determine possible factors associated to those symptoms. The methods consisted in selecting the houses and the workers, and to apply a questionnaire that included demographic data, questions related to work, the Nordic Questionnaire for Musculoskeletal Symptoms, other symptoms (runny nose, skin itching, throat and eye irritation). In addition, workers were asked if they enjoyed their job, if the supervisor motivated them to work, and if they were afraid to lose their job. Activities were submitted to systematic observations, adapted from Ergonomics, and the loads carried were analyzed and some instruments weighted. The study included 80 workers of both genders between 16 and 59 years, being 40 from each region. There were evidences of low back pain risk in the activities of filling drinkers and washing bell drinkers, with a higher prevalence in region A, where automated systems were less frequently used. The study suggests that mechanized filling of feeders, and the use of nipple drinkers may prevent health problems. It was also found that psychosocial aspects were associated to musculoskeletal symptoms. Promoting better working conditions is essential, as these aspects can affect human behavior at work.
Keywords Ergonomics
manual activities
occupational health
poultry production
Language English
Date 2009-06-01
Published in Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola. Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas, v. 11, n. 2, p. 73-78, 2009.
ISSN 1516-635X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas
Extent 73-78
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000269654400001
SciELO ID S1516-635X2009000200001 (statistics in SciELO)

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