Impact of Work Environment upon Respiratory Tract Health Problems among Workers at Textile Industries in Baghdad City
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Objective: To evaluate the effect of the work environment on the respiratory health problem of workers in the textile labs in Baghdad city. Methodology: The sample consisted of 100 workers working in the wool and cotton fabrics in the General Company for Textile Industries in Baghdad for the period from 3 Jan of 2017 to 20 of May 2018. A randomized structured sample of (100) workers was selected using the probabilistic selection method. The questionnaire was built for the purpose of the study
... pose of the study and the reliability of the questionnaire was verified through a pilot study and then it was presented to (10) experts to establish its credibility. (20) Items in the questionnaire divided into three sections, namely demographic information, symptoms and signs, and finally diseases that affect the respiratory system. The data were collected using the questionnaire method and analyzed the data by applying statistical descriptive analysis, which includes frequency, the mean and the computational mean, and the deductive statistical analysis, which included the Kay square test.Results: Results of the study show that the results of the study indicated that most of the workers suffer from frequent coughs due to allergies to cotton and wool (68%) with persistent respiratory infections. The study concluded that most of the workers suffer from persistent cough due to the sensitivity of the raw material that enters the textile industries namely cotton and wool. Recommendation: The study recommended that further studies be carried out with the possibility of carrying out an educational program for workers to reduce the occupational hazards of the respiratory system in textile factories.