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J Occup Health year 2007 volume 49 number 6 page 528 - 534
Classification Field Study
Title Occupational Health / Safety in the World  Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Related to Occupational Health Problems among Garment Workers in Tamil Nadu, India
Author Paramasivam Parimalam1, Narayani Kamalamma2 and Anind Kumar Ganguli3
Organization 1Department of Family Resource Management, Home Science College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 2Department of Home Science, Gandhigram Rural University and 3Occupational Health Services, BHEL, India
Keywords Garment workers, Knowledge, Attitude and practice, Health problems, Protective devices
Correspondence P. Parimalam, Department of Family Resource Management, Home Science College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai 625 104, India
(e-mail: parimalamkannan@hotmail.com)
Abstract Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Related to Occupational Health Problems among Garment Workers in Tamil Nadu, India: Paramasivam Parimalam, et al. Department of Family Resource Management, Home Science College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India-The garment manufacturing process is a labour intensive task. The workers in this are employed in three different sections namely cutting, stitching and finishing. As these workers perform repetitive tasks throughout the workday, they face several work related problems. The aim of this study was to assess the level of awareness of health problems among garment workers and their attitudes and practices to prevent the same. In a cross-sectional study (n=216) the workers employed in the three sections had high levels of knowledge of the health problems, but the knowledge of personal protective equipment differed by section. More than one half of the workers in all the sections were aware of the benefits of personal protective equipment (PPE), but only a few workers in the cutting section were using PPE. There was a wide gap between their knowledge level and practice with protective devices.