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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-53

Awareness of occupational hazards and associated factors among automobile repair artisans in Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Nepal

1 Department of Public Health, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Soalteemode, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Forum for Health Research and Development, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Sanju Gautam
Department of Public Health, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Soalteemode, Kathmandu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM_106_17

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Background: An occupational hazard contributes to severe health problems among workers due to unhygienic conditions and lack of safety at the workplace. Economic growth and productivity can be well achieved by promoting health, safety, and improved quality workplace. Aims: To assess the knowledge of occupational hazards, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the factors associated with awareness on occupational hazards among automobile repair artisans in Kathmandu, Nepal. Settings and Design: A quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study with 400 automobile repair artisans from Kathmandu metropolitan city was conducted between March and September, 2015. Materials and Methods: Simple random sampling was adopted for recruiting study participants. Pre-tested, validated semi-structured questionnaire was used in line with study objectives to collect the data. Statistical Analysis: Logistic regression analysis was employed to identify factors associated with the awareness of occupational hazard and PPE use. Results: Of total, 56% had awareness on occupational hazard and 44.3% of artisans were using the personal protective equipments. Being educated, having job duration ≥6 years and having pre-service training for work were significantly associated with the awareness of occupational hazards. Notably, we found that those who were aware of occupational hazard (OR = 3.01, 95% CI: 1.98–4.57) were three times more likely to use the safety measures when compared to those who were unaware. Conclusions: Awareness on occupational hazard and use of PPE is very low among automobile repair artisans in Kathmandu, Nepal. Therefore, interventions on awareness raising on areas, like provision of pre-service training, promotion of safety advocacy, and enforcement of appropriate regulations for work place.


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