OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS OF SAWMILL WORKERS PROCESSING RED PINE IN TURKEY


Sutcu A., Semerci N. T.

APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, cilt.17, ss.7625-7639, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 17 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.15666/aeer/1704_76257639
  • Dergi Adı: APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.7625-7639

Özet

Red pine (Pinus brutia Ten.) is one of the most common and most processed softwood species in the forest products sector in Turkey. It is essential to learn as much information as possible about potential employee health problems that may occur during processing of this wood. For this reason, sawmill workers that produce lumber from the red pine species were investigated in terms of employee health problems. A face-to-face survey method of employees was used to conduct this study. The questionnaire contained three sub-sections: demographic, physical, and environmental and ergonomic factors that affect employee health. The collected data were statistically evaluated and compared with findings from the literature. Certain important findings are presented as crosstabs and graphs for comparison. Based on the study results, employee complaints about the red pine sawing process during working hours are as follows: allergic reactions due to wood dust: 23.2%; burning eyes and redness: 27.4%; dyspnea: 30.5%; prolonged standing and discomfort: 64.9%; noise-induced hearing loss: 38.5%. It is also realized, however, that occupational diseases such as vascular disorders depend not only on the working environment and conditions but also on the age of employees.