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Fatusi, A. and Erhabor, G. (1996) Occupational Health Status of Sawmill Workers in Nigeria. Journal of the Royal Society of Health, 116, 232-236. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146642409611600408

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  • TITLE: Occupational Hazards, Safety and Hygienic Practices among Timber Workers in a South Eastern State, Nigeria

    AUTHORS: Kevin C. Diwe, Chukwuma B. Duru, Anthony C. Iwu, Irene A. Merenu, Kenechi A. Uwakwe, Uche R. Oluoha, Tope B. Ogunniyan, Ugochukwu C. Madubueze, Ikechi Ohale

    KEYWORDS: Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Occupational Hazard, Timber Worker, Imo, Nigeria

    JOURNAL NAME: Occupational Diseases and Environmental Medicine, Vol.4 No.3, August 22, 2016

    ABSTRACT: Background: Timber workers, especially in developing countries, are faced with challenges of prevention and control of work place hazards and illnesses. Objective: To determine the awareness of occupational hazards, effects, safety and hygienic practices among timber workers in a South Eastern State in Nigeria. Methods: A cross sectional descriptive design that used the total population of timber workers involved in the processing and marketing of wood in three major timber markets in a South Eastern State in Nigeria. Data was collected using a pretested semistructured questionnaire. Descriptive analyses were done with frequencies and summary statistics. Results: The majority of the respondents were aware of the hazardous nature of wood dust (96%) and their main source of awareness was from personal experiences (55%). In spite of the fact that the predominant hazard effects in the majority were nose, throat irritation and cough (33%), the majority were of the opinion that the respirator was not important. Only 13% of the respondents that use personal protective equipment (PPE) always use them and the main reason for not using PPE is forgetfulness (38%). Proper hygiene and sanitation was poorly practiced, as all respondents indiscriminately disposed of waste wood (100%) and about one third (33%) did not have a bath after work each day. Conclusion: Timber workers in our environment are faced with increased risks of diseases, accidents and challenges of protection and safety. As a consequence, there is a need for proper education and enforcement of consistent use of the different protective devices.