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Vol. 10, Issue 5 (2021)

Health problems of workers in bakery cum millet processing units

Author(s):
V Vijaya Lakshmi, Deepika J and E Shirin Hima Bindu
Abstract:
Millets are recently gaining lot of popularity due to its excellent nutrients that help in combating various deficiency diseases. Various products are manufactured from millets i.e. cakes, biscuits, cookies, flour, rawa, ready mixes, extruded products etc. Many small scale enterprises have been started to make millet products. In this connection, present study has been taken up during the year 2019-20 to understand the health problems faced by workers in bakery cum millet processing units. Descriptive cum qualitative research design was adopted to conduct the present study. Fifteen sample from two units were selected from Rajendranagar mandal, Telangana state. Data was collected by using interview cum observation schedule. Health/ergonomic hazards experienced by the workers were assessed by using work station checklist, low back pain assessment scale and body pain assessment scales. Anthropometric rod and weighing machine were used for measuring height and weight and grip dynamometer was used for assessing grip strength. Findings of the study revealed that most of the workers in bakery and millet processing units were young, educated and underweight. Various problems felt by workers were eye irritation, falls/slips and muscle pain/discomfort, sneezing due to flour mixing/milling; moderate to severe pain in neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, neck, hips, upper legs, lower legs, ankles and feet. Absence of adjustable equipment as per their height, adequate both natural and artificial light caused discomfort while working.
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How to cite this article:
V Vijaya Lakshmi, Deepika J, E Shirin Hima Bindu. Health problems of workers in bakery cum millet processing units. Pharma Innovation 2021;10(5):1489-1496.

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