awareness about personal protective equipments and health problems among poultry workers

Authors

  • Shila Rani Das Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Z. H Sikder Womens Medical College Dhaka
  • Nasreen Begum Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Northern International Medical College, Dhaka
  • Chinmay Biswas Dept. of Skin & VD, BSMMU, Dhaka
  • Md Nazmul Hoq Prof & Head, Dept. of Physiology, Northern International Medical College, Dhaka
  • Jahangir Hossain Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry Z H Sikder Womens Medical College, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/nimcj.v5i2.23130

Keywords:

Awareness, Personal protective equipment (PPE), Health problem, Poultry worker

Abstract

Background: Taking protective equipment is important for poultry workers as they are at risk of poultry hazard. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for preventing & controlling diseases experienced by poultry processing workers.

Aims and Objectives: To assess the awareness about personal protective equipments and health problems among poultry workers.

Method and materials: Descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted under the guidance of the Department of Community Medicine, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Dhaka, from March to June 2006 on 100 poultry workers who were selected purposively from six poultry farms from the area of Gazipur districts. Informed consent was obtained and structured questionnaire was used to collect data through face to face interview. Data was edited, processed and analyzed both manually and used of SPSS version 10.

Result: Mean age was 27.49% with SD ± 9.84 years, highest age range 59% was 20-30 years. Regarding level of education & economic status revealed that 43% were illiterate and 72% earned 2000-3000 taka monthly. 20% had highest work experience of 6-8 years. 82% of the respondents thought that personal protection is necessary during working in poultry. 79% of the respondents knew the name of PPE. But only 42% use PPE and 58% of the respondents did not use it. Among the user 16% use PPE regularly and 26% use PPE irregularly. Result showed significant association between education and knowledge of diseases of transmission (p<0.004). Observing health hazard 34.71% had respiratory problem 27.27% skin problem 23.14% eye problem. Significant association found between itching (skin problem) and use of PPE (p<0.004).

Conclusion : Literate person had more knowledge about disease transmissions. The respondents who used PPE suffered less from health problems. For the safety of poultry workers advocacy arrangements of training program and formulation of guideline and regulations are important points to be considered.

Northern International Medical College Journal Vol.5(2) 2014: 336-338

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Shila Rani Das, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Z. H Sikder Womens Medical College Dhaka



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Published

2015-04-29

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Das, S. R., Begum, N., Biswas, C., Hoq, M. N., & Hossain, J. (2015). awareness about personal protective equipments and health problems among poultry workers. Northern International Medical College Journal, 5(2), 336–338. https://doi.org/10.3329/nimcj.v5i2.23130

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