Physical and ergonomic hazards in the textile, chemical, food, metal products, and woodworking industries in Turkey

Questionnaires were administered in 272 textile, chemical, food, metal products and woodworking firms in ten cities in industry-dense areas to assess the general OHS situation in Turkey. This paper explores the portion related to exposures of workers to physical and ergonomic hazards. OHS experts where available, firm owners, partners, or engineers responsible safety were asked to answer structured questions regarding, percentages of workers exposed to specific hazards. About 65% of respondents reported exposures to noise risks among at least some percentage of employees; 26.3% reported more than 50% of employees were so exposed. In more than 60% of the firms employees were exposed to ergonomic risks related to the need to meet production quotas and the need to maintain constant posture. The most prevalent risk factors in five industries and the relative frequencies of exposed employees are described.


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U. Soytaş, “Physical and ergonomic hazards in the textile, chemical, food, metal products, and woodworking industries in Turkey,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, pp. 35–41, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: