The Impact of Physical and Ergonomic Hazards on Poultry Abattoir Processing Workers: A Review
AbstractThe poultry abattoir industry continues to grow and contribute significantly to the gross domestic product in many countries. The industry expects working shifts of eight to eleven hours, during which workers are exposed to occupational hazards which include physical hazards ranging from noise, vibration, exposure to cold and ergonomic stress from manual, repetitive tasks that require force. A PubMed, Medline and Science Direct online database search, using specific keywords was conducted and the results confirmed that physical and ergonomic hazards impact on abattoir processing workers health, with harm not only to workers’ health but also as an economic burden due to the loss of their livelihoods and the need for treatment and compensation in the industry. This review endeavours to highlight the contribution poultry processing plays in the development of physical agents and ergonomic stress related occupational diseases in poultry abattoir processing workers. The impact includes noise-induced hearing loss, increased blood pressure, menstrual and work related upper limb disorders. These are summarised as a quick reference guide for poultry abattoir owners, abattoir workers, poultry associations, occupational hygienists and medical practitioners to assist in the safer management of occupational health in poultry abattoirs. View Full-Text
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Harmse, J.L.; Engelbrecht, J.C.; Bekker, J.L. The Impact of Physical and Ergonomic Hazards on Poultry Abattoir Processing Workers: A Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 197.
Harmse JL, Engelbrecht JC, Bekker JL. The Impact of Physical and Ergonomic Hazards on Poultry Abattoir Processing Workers: A Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(2):197.Chicago/Turabian Style
Harmse, Johannes L.; Engelbrecht, Jacobus C.; Bekker, Johan L. 2016. "The Impact of Physical and Ergonomic Hazards on Poultry Abattoir Processing Workers: A Review." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 2: 197.
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