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PILOT STUDY
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Submitted: 2013-02-18
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Risk factors for fishermen’s health and safety in Greece

Elpida Frantzeskou, Anastasia N. Kastania, Elena Riza, Olaf C. Jensen, Athena Linos
International Maritime Health 2012;63(3):155-161.

open access

Vol 63, No 3 (2012)
PILOT STUDY
Published online: 2012-11-06
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract


Background: This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first occupational health study in Greek fishing.
Aim: The aim of the study is to determine the risks for health and safety in Greek fisheries workers by exploring their health status and the health risk factors present in their occupational environment, thus providing a current baseline for further research in the future and for documentation of the needs for prevention.
Materials and methods: A questionnaire pilot study was carried out in a random sample of 100 Greek fishermen.
Results: Twenty-eight per cent (28%) had experienced at least one injury, of which half caused more than one day absence, while 14% had a near drowning experience. The health risks factors studied include excessive weight, cardiovascular incidents and dermatological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, hearing, stress, and anxiety problems. The occupational health risk factors include alcohol, fatty food consumption, smoking, and lack of physical exercise.
Conclusions: The health effects observed are causally related to diet, smoking, and exercise, which in turn relate to the specific working conditions and culture in small-scale fishing that need to be taken into consideration in prevention programmes. The results are comparable with international fisheries experience, mainly from Poland, Denmark, and Turkey.

Abstract


Background: This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first occupational health study in Greek fishing.
Aim: The aim of the study is to determine the risks for health and safety in Greek fisheries workers by exploring their health status and the health risk factors present in their occupational environment, thus providing a current baseline for further research in the future and for documentation of the needs for prevention.
Materials and methods: A questionnaire pilot study was carried out in a random sample of 100 Greek fishermen.
Results: Twenty-eight per cent (28%) had experienced at least one injury, of which half caused more than one day absence, while 14% had a near drowning experience. The health risks factors studied include excessive weight, cardiovascular incidents and dermatological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, hearing, stress, and anxiety problems. The occupational health risk factors include alcohol, fatty food consumption, smoking, and lack of physical exercise.
Conclusions: The health effects observed are causally related to diet, smoking, and exercise, which in turn relate to the specific working conditions and culture in small-scale fishing that need to be taken into consideration in prevention programmes. The results are comparable with international fisheries experience, mainly from Poland, Denmark, and Turkey.
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Keywords

fishermen; occupational epidemiology; health promotion; safety; accidents; public health

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Title

Risk factors for fishermen’s health and safety in Greece

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 3 (2012)

Pages

155-161

Published online

2012-11-06

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2012;63(3):155-161.

Keywords

fishermen
occupational epidemiology
health promotion
safety
accidents
public health

Authors

Elpida Frantzeskou
Anastasia N. Kastania
Elena Riza
Olaf C. Jensen
Athena Linos

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