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Revista de Salud Pública

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OROZCO-VALERIO, María de Jesús; LAURA-BAEZ, María G; MENDEZ-MAGANA, Ana C  and  DE LA ROSA, Alfredo Celis. Invisibility of working conditions and children's health in the Felipe Angeles market. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.1, pp.81-87. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Identifying the work environment and health of children working in the Felipe Angeles market in Guadalajara. Methodology This was a descriptive study which included 198 children working in the aforementioned market. A questionnaire was used which asked about the sociodemographic variables, the work environment and the health of such children. Results The children working in the market were predominantly male (89.9 %), aged 6 to 17 years old, residing in Guadalajara; 71 % were attending school. 83 % of the children had started working in the market between 7 to 10 years old and 75 % had worked there for 1 year or more. Workdays lasted all week, without rest in 50 % of the cases. The children perceived health risks as concerning abrasion, contusion, fractures, being run over and other psychosocial types related to becoming the victims of theft or becoming addicts. Conclusions The children's work environment and health were not suitable for their age and affected their physical and psychosocial state as the site had deficient architecture making it impossible to carry out activities appropriate for their age and provoked workplace risk for which there was no prevention.

Keywords : Child labor; occupational accident; workplace.

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