COLD, VIBRATION, AIRBORNE EXPOSURES AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC INFLUENCES IN MINING

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Important information from “Questionnaire 2012” made in all partner countries:

A total of 1323 individuals filled in the common questionnaire

 

 

Russia

Finland

Sweden

Norway

Pooled

Participants

870

199

153

101

1323

Number (%) of female participants

0

37 (19%)

57 (37%)

18 (18%)

112 (8%)

Mean age

40.6

35.7

39.9

41.7

39.9

Youngest-Oldest

20-78

18-58

20-63

18-64

 

Daily smokers

45 %

34 %

15 %

33 %

 

Mean BMI

27,2

27,1

25,9

28,3

27,1

Hand-arm vibration

195 (14.7%) workers reported  >0 hours per day.

Mean time: 3.2 hours per day

Whole Body vibration

799 workers reported (60.5%) >0 hours per day.

Mean time for employees as drivers: 8.1 hours per day

 

 

Reported symptoms related to the hand-arm vibration syndrome, HAVS (Note that not all questions were used in all countries).

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 Picture related to the question on white fingers:

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The results show that 100.1% of the miners reported experience of white fingers.

 

Reported symptoms related to the question:

Have you had any physical troubles, including ache, pain or discomfort during the previous 12 months in one or several of following body parts (as shown in picture)? 

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Results show percentage answering yes for each country separate and pooled.

 

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The results show that miners in Sweden, Finland, and Norway report symptoms in a similar way, while miners in Russia for most conditions tend to report less symptoms.

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Results show percentage of working time in awkward positions:

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The results show that it is relatively common with ergonomic unfavorable working postures.

 

 

 For further information: www.minehealth.eu

 

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