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Revista de Salud Pública

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GOMEZ-PALENCIA, Isabel P et al. Informal sellers' health status and working conditions in the Bazurto market in Cartagena. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.3, pp.448-459. ISSN 0124-0064.

ObjectiveDetermining informal sellers' health status and working conditions in the Bazurto market in Cartagena. MethodsThe target population consisted of informal sellers working in the Bazurto market; sample size consisted of 584 sellers. A check-list was used to describe their working conditions. A “health disorders”test and neurotoxic symptoms scale (Q16) were used to determine health status and the body mass index (BMI) for determining nutritional status. Results583 sellers participated in the study, having an average age of 39 years (38-40 95 %CI). 87.8 % (512) of the participants were exposed to constant noise, 84.9 % (495) worked in places having high temperatures, 74.1 % (432) were exposed to dust, and 69.8 % (407) did not use personal protective equipment. They were working 10 hours a day on average. 71 % (414) suffered from physical exhaustion, 72.4 % (422) had headaches, 63.7 % (371) had back pain and 62.7 % (365) suffered from pains in their legs. ConclusionsThe target population's physical environment was inadequate, they worked for too many hours and some workplaces were dangerous. The informal sellers' symptoms included back pain, headaches, leg pain, eye strain and physical fatigue.

Keywords : Work; workplace; health status; working conditions.

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