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Work environment and health among Swedish livestock workers

Kolstrup, Christina (2008). Work environment and health among Swedish livestock workers. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) SLU Printshop, Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2008:43
ISBN 978-91-85913-76-3
[Doctoral thesis]

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During the last decades, Swedish livestock farming has undergone considerable structural changes and technical development, which have influenced the work environment and health of the workers in several ways. The general aim of the studies was to investigate the work environment and health among Swedish livestock workers on large modern dairy and pig farms. The studies were mainly based on questionnaires. The results showed that the livestock workers reported high frequencies of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), especially in the upper extremities and in the back, and especially among the females. Body height or repetitive work among dairy farm workers and awkward working postures or being exposed to dust among pig farm workers were identified as potential risk factors for MSD in the upper extremities. No risk factors were identified for MSD in the back. Machine milking among the dairy farm workers and manual raking of manure among the pig farm workers were the most time-consuming work tasks and the tasks with the highest rated physical work strain (PWS). Milking in a rotary system was found to be demanding with respect to high values of velocities and repetitiveness and almost no time for rest for hands/wrists, which might be contributing factors for the development of symptoms and injuries in the hands. The livestock workers assessed their psychosocial work environment and mental health as good, although the quality of leadership, feedback and social support was experienced as being slightly poorer on dairy farms compared to pig farms. No psychosocial risk factors were identified for MSD. Dairy farm workers working with healthy cows had poorer physical and mental health than those working with less healthy dairy cows. The livestock workers were contented with their psychosocial work environment; however, they reported high frequencies of MSD. The prevalence of MSD seemed to be associated with the physical rather than the psychosocial work environment.

Authors/Creators:Kolstrup, Christina
Title:Work environment and health among Swedish livestock workers
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:92
ALLI Kolstrup, C., Stål, M., Pinzke, S. & Lundqvist, P. 2006. Ache, Pain, and Discomfort: The Reward for Working with Many Cows and Sows? Journal of Agromedicine, 11/2, pp. 45-55. II Stål, M., Pinzke, S., Hansson, G-Å. & Kolstrup, C. 2003. Highly Repetitive Work Operations in a Modern Milking System. A Case Study of Wrist Positions and Movements in a Rotary System, Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, 10, pp. 67-72. III Kolstrup, C., Lundqvist, P. & Pinzke, S. 2008. Psychosocial Work Environment among Employed Swedish Dairy and Pig Farm Workers, Accepted for publication in Journal of Agromedicine, 13/1, (In press). IV Kolstrup, C. & Hultgren, J. 2008. Is the Health of Swedish Dairy Cows Associated with the Health of the Dairy Farm Workers? Submitted.
Place of Publication:SLU Printshop, Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85913-76-3
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:animal production, working conditions, occupational hazards, dairy equipment, agricultural workers, mental ability, health, musculoskeletal diseases, disease surveys
Keywords:Musculoskeletal Disorders, Psychosocial Work Environment, Physical Work Environment, Farm Workers, Physical Health, Mental Health, Animal Health, Questionnaire, Dairy Production, Pig Production
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ID Code:1758
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology (until 2020)
Deposited By: Christina Kolstrup
Deposited On:07 May 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:13

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