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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-96

Occupational health risks of barbers and coiffeurs in Izmir


1 Department of Public Health of Medical Faculty, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
2 Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinic Microbiology, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Aliye Mandiracioglu
Ege Universitesi, Tip Fakultesi, Halk Sagligi, Bornova 35100, Izmir
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.55128

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The objective of this study was to examine self-reported occupational health risks and health complaints of barbers and hairdressers. A total of 1284 individuals from 300 workplaces in Izmir participated in this study. The workers completed the questionnaires during their training in occupational health. Self-reported symptoms were allergy: 35% and musculoskeletal symptoms: 32%. The frequency of allergy complaints was found to be significantly higher in older individuals and in women. Allergic complaints were more frequent in i) those having history of allergy, ii) in the group where the use of protective clothing and gloves was lower, iii) in smokers and in those who found ventilation in the workplace to be inadequate. Only 41.2% reported that they used gloves and 15.2% reported the use of protective clothing within the last month. It appears that poor occupational factors in barbers' salons and exposure to hairdressing chemicals bring about health problems of the hairdressers.






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