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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-74

Working condition and health hazards in beedi rollers residing in the urban slums of Mumbai

Department of Community Medicine, K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Sion, Mumbai, India

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Rupali V Sabale
E 6, 3 13, Nandanvan CHS, Sector - 25, Juinagar, Navi Mumbai - 400 705
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.107075

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Background: Beedi rollers are exposed to unburnt tobacco dust through cutaneous and pharyngeal route. They are not aware of their rights. Studies have been conducted on beedi workers but not many studies are carried out in urban areas. Thus, study was carried out to understand working condition and health hazards in beedi workers residing in the urban slums of Mumbai and to know whether beedi roller are in better condition in urban areas. Aim: To study working condition and health hazard in beedi rollers in the urban slums. Materials and Methods: Descriptive, cross-sectional, community based study was carried in the urban slums of Mumbai with population of 8985 from April 2011 to June 2011. With snow balling sampling technique, 52 beedi workers were interviewed regarding their socio-economic status, working conditions and health problems after informed consent. Data entry and statistical analysis were performed using the SPSS windows version 14.0 software. Results: The mean age was 45 years with SD of 12 years. All were Hindu females. Around 42.31% were illiterate. Mean years of service were 30 years and they work on an average for eight hours. Children were not involved in beedi rolling. Most common morbidity was fatigue. None were aware of the benefits provided for them. Awareness regarding health hazard and safety measures was poor. Conclusions: The working condition of beedi rollers in the urban areas is not favourable.


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