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Cadernos de Saúde Pública

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YANO, Sylvia Regina Trindade  and  SANTANA, Vilma Sousa. Work days lost due to health problems in industry. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.5, pp.945-954. ISSN 1678-4464.

This cross-sectional study estimated the prevalence of work days lost due to health problems and associated factors among industrial workers. The study population was a simple random cluster sample of 3,403 workers from 16 to 65 years of age in the city of Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil. Data were collected with individual home interviews. Among industrial workers, one-year prevalence of work days lost to health problems was 12.5%, of which 5.5% were directly work-related and 4.1% aggravated by work. There were no statistically significant differences when compared to other worker categories. Self-perceived workplace hazards, history of work-related injury, and poor self-rated health were associated with work days lost due to work-related injuries/diseases. The findings showed that work days lost are common among both industrial and non-industrial workers, thereby affecting productivity and requiring prevention programs.

Keywords : Absenteeism; Working Environment; Occupational Diseases; Sick Leave; Industry.

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