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Occupational health

This section aims to publish studies on the occupational correlates of health and disease.


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  1. Healthcare facilities are notorious for occupational health and safety problems. Multi-level interventions are needed to address interacting exposures and their overlapping origins in work organization feature...

    Authors: Laura Punnett, Suzanne Nobrega, Yuan Zhang, Serena Rice, Rebecca Gore and Alicia Kurowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1463

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  2. This study investigates whether a typology of work exposure can be established among older workers in Germany. Work exposure comprises physical work, working time quality, work intensity, skills & discretion, ...

    Authors: Hans Martin Hasselhorn, Michael Stiller, Jean-Baptist du Prel and Melanie Ebener

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1452

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Many studies have shown that work stressors have a negative impact on health. It is therefore important to gain an understanding of how work stressors can be reduced. Recent studies have shown that employees i...

    Authors: T. Lunau, M. Wahrendorf, N. Dragano, J. Siegrist, K. A. van der Wel and M. Rigó

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1377

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  4. Acid mist can suspend in the air and enter the body via skin contact, the respiratory tract, or even oral intake, which pose various health hazards. Previous studies have shown that occupational exposure to ac...

    Authors: Wei-Liang Chen, Yuan-Yuei Chen, Wei-Te Wu, Ching-Huang Lai, Yu-Shan Sun and Chung-Ching Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1371

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Few studies have examined cold-related symptoms among cold workplace workers in Thailand. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of cold-related cardiorespiratory, circulatory, and general symptoms and p...

    Authors: Nipaporn Auttanate, Chotirot Chotiphan, Suchinda Jarupat Maruo, Simo Näyhä, Kirsi Jussila, Sirkka Rissanen, Penpatra Sripaiboonkij, Tiina M. Ikäheimo, Jouni J. K. Jaakkola and Wantanee Phanprasit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1357

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  6. Students, staff, and faculties are involved in activities that exposed them to a range of minor to severe or even fatal accidents in academic settings. Managing work environment risks is crucial to any safety ...

    Authors: Alireza Dehdashti, Farin Fatemi, Muhammadreza Jannati, Fatemeh Asadi and Marzieh Belji Kangarloo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1328

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  7. Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are a leading cause of reduced work functioning. It is not known which factors are associated with reduced work functioning in people with moderate MUPS. Insight ...

    Authors: Mark L. van Tilburg, Paula Elisabeth van Westrienen and Martijn F. Pisters

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1316

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  8. Previous studies have focused on the relationship between employment pathways and health-related outcomes based on cross-sectional or longitudinal approaches. However, little is known about the cumulative effe...

    Authors: Julio C. Hernando-Rodriguez, Laura Serra, Fernando G. Benavides and Monica Ubalde-Lopez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1306

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In the present investigation the study protocol and the results at baseline of a workplace intervention are reported. It is hypothesised that the reduction of the physical and psychosocial workload of healthca...

    Authors: Diego Montano, Marco Kuchenbaur, Heinrich Geissler and Richard Peter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1281

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) caused by occupational-related factors continue to place huge burdens on global workforces. Significant numbers of workers report potential adverse health outcomes related to th...

    Authors: Tesfaye Hambisa Mekonnen, Dawit Getachew Yenealem and Demiss Mulatu Geberu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1265

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Epidemics or pandemics, such as the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, pose unique challenges to healthcare professionals (HCPs). Caring for patients during an epidemic/pandemic may impact neg...

    Authors: Suzannah Stuijfzand, Camille Deforges, Vania Sandoz, Consuela-Thais Sajin, Cecile Jaques, Jolanda Elmers and Antje Horsch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1230

    Content type: Research article

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  12. A sizeable body of research has demonstrated a relationship between organizational change and increased sickness absence. However, fewer studies have investigated what factors might mitigate this relationship....

    Authors: Anniken Grønstad, Lars Erik Kjekshus, Trond Tjerbo and Vilde Hoff Bernstrøm

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1218

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  13. To identify if e-cigarette usage is an on-campus problem for secondary schools and evaluate initial school survey responses. More specifically, this survey can aid in identifying where students are seen using ...

    Authors: Maryanne L. Fakeh Campbell, Andrew Sansone, Lauren N. Gonzalez, Kevin R. J. Schroth and Derek G. Shendell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1215

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  14. Multicomponent workplace-based interventions aimed at reducing sitting time among office workers are becoming increasingly popular. ‘Take a Stand!’ was such an intervention, reducing sitting time by 71 min aft...

    Authors: Ida H. Danquah, Stine Kloster and Janne S. Tolstrup

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1209

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  15. The petrochemical industry is hazardous, in part because of the inherently dangerous nature of the work conducted, and incidents frequently result in significant financial and social losses. The most common im...

    Authors: Azita Zahiri Harsini, Fazlollah Ghofranipour, Hormoz Sanaeinasab, Farkhondeh Amin Shokravi, Philip Bohle and Lynda R. Matthews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1192

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  16. The study objective was to evaluate the impact of a population-level intervention (the IA Agreement) on the of one-year risk for long-term sickness absence spells (LSAS) among young and middle aged workers in ...

    Authors: Therese N. Hanvold, Petter Kristensen, Karina Corbett, Rachel L. Hasting and Ingrid S. Mehlum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1157

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  17. The unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous, nature of the occupation exposes officers to both acute and chronic stress over law enforcement officers’ (LEO)  tenure. The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) De...

    Authors: Katelyn K. Jetelina, Alaina M. Beauchamp, Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, Rebecca J. Molsberry, Stephen A. Bishopp and Simon Craddock Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1137

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  18. Benzene, an important component of organic solvents, is commonly used in industry. Meanwhile, benzene is a human carcinogen leading to leukemia. Although the links between benzene and various types of genetic ...

    Authors: Yanhua Zhou, Kun Wang, Boshen Wang, Yuepu Pu and Juan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1113

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  19. Breast cancer represented the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Japan. Although physical activity has been reported protective against breast cancer, scientific evidence is limited on the risk of b...

    Authors: Gita Nirmala Sari, Ehab Salah Eshak, Kokoro Shirai, Yoshihisa Fujino, Akiko Tamakoshi and Hiroyasu Iso

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1106

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  20. Long-term sickness absence results in increased risks of permanent disability and a compromised quality of life. Return to work is an important factor in reducing these risks. Little is known about return to w...

    Authors: Kristel H. N. Weerdesteijn, Frederieke Schaafsma, Karin Bonefaas-Groenewoud, Martijn Heymans, Allard Van der Beek and Johannes Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1095

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  21. It is well documented that sickness absence is strongly associated with disability retirement. A long-term sickness absence (LTSA) in particular increases the risk of disability retirement, but little is known...

    Authors: Laura Salonen, Jenni Blomgren and Mikko Laaksonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1078

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  22. The Occupational Sitting and Physical Activity Questionnaire (OSPAQ) was developed as an easy-to-use instrument for self-reported assessment of percentage sitting, standing, walking, and performing heavy labou...

    Authors: Iris Maes, Margo Ketels, Delfien Van Dyck and Els Clays

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1072

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  23. Depression and insomnia are major psychiatric conditions predicted by occupational stress. However, the influence of occupational stress on these two conditions is under-explored in telecommunication companies...

    Authors: Emma Edinam Kploanyi, Duah Dwomoh and Mawuli Dzodzomenyo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1045

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  24. Workers with a low socioeconomic position (SEP) have a higher risk for health problems and premature dropout from the workforce. Unfavorable working conditions and unhealthy behaviors are more prevalent among ...

    Authors: R. Schaap, F. G. Schaafsma, A. R. Bosma, M. A. Huysmans, C. R. L. Boot and J. R. Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:961

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  25. hepatitis B virus (HBV) and C virus (HCV) are among the leading causes of mortality worldwide. Health care personnel (HCP) are subjected to increased risk of these infections. Therefore, HBV vaccination and po...

    Authors: Saffar Hiva, Khoshayand Negar, Parsaei Mohammad-Reza, Ghorbani Gholam-Reza, Aarabi Mohsen, Nadi Ghara Ali-Asghar and Saffar Mohammed-Jafar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:920

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  26. Occupational related respiratory diseases arise as a result of the deposition of dust particles in the lungs. Flour milling industries; generate organic dust during industrial processes, such as cleaning, mill...

    Authors: Zemachu Ashuro Lagiso, Worku Tefera Mekonnen, Samson Wakuma Abaya, Abera Kumie Takele and Hailemichael Mulugeta Workneh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:909

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  27. Our study aimed to explore the associations between psychosocial work exposures, as well as other occupational exposures, and suicide ideation in the French national working population. An additional objective...

    Authors: Isabelle Niedhammer, Maryline Bèque, Jean-François Chastang and Sandrine Bertrais

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:895

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  28. Manganese (Mn) participates in lipid metabolism. However, the associations between Mn exposure and dyslipidaemia is unclear.

    Authors: Xiaoyu Luo, Zhenfang Liu, Xiaoting Ge, Sifang Huang, Yanting Zhou, Defu Li, Longman Li, Xiang Chen, Lulu Huang, Qingzhi Hou, Hong Cheng, Lili Xiao, Chaoqun Liu, Yunfeng Zou and Xiaobo Yang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:874

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  29. There is strong evidence that physical exercise in the workplace is effective for reducing workers’ musculoskeletal complaints. Studies with industrial workers and studies on progressive resistance exercises d...

    Authors: Hélio Gustavo Santos, Luciana Dias Chiavegato, Daniela Pereira Valentim and Rosimeire Simprini Padula

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:849

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  30. There is not a comprehensive heat stress index to screen the people susceptible to heat disorders and illnesses in hot workplaces. The present study was aimed to develop a personal heat strain risk assessment ...

    Authors: Saeid Yazdanirad, Farideh Golbabaei, Mohammad Reza Monazzam, Habibollah Dehghan and Abbas Rahimi Foroushani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:837

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  31. The stated intention to eliminate silicosis from the South African goldmining industry as well as current programmes to find and compensate ex-miners with silicosis require an understanding of variation in sil...

    Authors: Dave Knight, Rodney Ehrlich, Annibale Cois, Katherine Fielding, Alison D. Grant and Gavin Churchyard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:829

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  32. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a material, device, equipment, or clothing used or worn by workers to reduce their chance of exposure or contact with any harmful material or energy that causes injury, d...

    Authors: Addisu Alehegn Alemu, Meseret Yitayew, Aklilu Azazeh and Sofia Kebede

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:794

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  33. The professionals who perform cleaning activity constitute a major economic sector in Brazil. Cleaners may develop health problems related to the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. It is necessary to ...

    Authors: Josiane Sotrate Gonçalves and Tatiana de Oliveira Sato

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:774

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  34. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the major threats to public health, with a significant impact on workers, employers, and the general population. Musculoskeletal disorder related to work not o...

    Authors: Tesfaye Hambisa Mekonnen, Getachew Guteta Kekeba, Jember Azanaw and Gebisa Guyasa Kabito

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:718

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  35. The ageing workforce has an impact on public health. The aim of this study was to evaluate work-related disorders, work tasks and measures associated with the possibility of working beyond 65 years of age or not.

    Authors: Kerstin Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:716

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  36. Obesity is a multifactorial condition and a major risk factor associated with several non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, and with a higher risk of premature death and disability. Sex-sp...

    Authors: C. Di Tecco, L. Fontana, G. Adamo, M. Petyx and S. Iavicoli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:706

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  37. Societal expenditures on work-disability benefits is high in most Western countries. As a precursor of long-term work restrictions, long-term sickness absence (LTSA) is under continuous attention of policy mak...

    Authors: Lennart R. A. van der Burg, Sander M. J. van Kuijk, Marieke M. ter Wee, Martijn W. Heymans, Angelique E. de Rijk, Goedele A. Geuskens, Ramon P. G. Ottenheijm, Geert-Jan Dinant and Annelies Boonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:699

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  38. Childbirth has been suggested to increase sickness absence (SA) and disability pension (DP). This may vary by occupation; however, knowledge in this field remains limited. We explored SA and DP in the years be...

    Authors: Charlotte Björkenstam, Krisztina D. László, Cecilia Orellana, Ulrik Lidwall, Petra Lindfors, Margaretha Voss, Pia Svedberg and Kristina Alexanderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:686

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  39. Work stress is an important problem among employees in education in the Netherlands. The present study aims to investigate the effects of a participatory organizational level work stress prevention approach to...

    Authors: Maartje C. Bakhuys Roozeboom, Roosmarijn M. C. Schelvis, Irene L. D. Houtman, Noortje M. Wiezer and Paulien M. Bongers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:676

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  40. Workplace violence (WPV) is a serious issue for healthcare workers and leads to many negative consequences. Several studies have reported on the prevalence of WPV in China, which ranges from 42.2 to 83.3%. How...

    Authors: Yusheng Tian, Yuchen Yue, Jianjian Wang, Ting Luo, Yamin Li and Jiansong Zhou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:582

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  41. Blast injury emerged as a primary source of morbidity among US military personnel during the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and led to an array of adverse health outcomes. Multimorbidity, or the pre...

    Authors: Andrew J. MacGregor, James M. Zouris, Jessica R. Watrous, Cameron T. McCabe, Amber L. Dougherty, Michael R. Galarneau and John J. Fraser

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:578

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  42. Precarious employment is a risk factor for poor mental health, particularly among young adults. Knowledge about how young people maintain their mental health while in a precarious employment situation is scarc...

    Authors: Susanna Toivanen, Anna Olofsson Tarantino, Maria Emmelin and Per-Olof Östergren

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:571

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  43. Globally, two billion workers are employed informally but there is limited research on the relationship between informal work and health. Existing studies have focused on informality as an employment condition...

    Authors: Thant Ko Ko, Julia Dickson-Gomez, Gisèle Yasmeen, Wai Wai Han, Katherine Quinn, Kirsten Beyer and Laura Glasman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:524

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  44. Procedural justice has been linked to several mental health problems, but most studies have used self-reported data. There exist a need to assess the link between procedural justice and health using outcomes t...

    Authors: Viktor Persson, Constanze Eib, Claudia Bernhard-Oettel and Constanze Leineweber

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:488

    Content type: Research article

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