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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 38-44

An enquiry into work environmental status and health of workers involved in production of incense sticks in city of Bangalore.

Regional Occupational Health Centre (South), ICMR, Bangalore

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U P Rathnakara
Regional Occupational Health Centre (South), ICMR, Bangalore

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This preliminary study represents 10% of the workers in this occupation in Bangalore. The industry is highly commercial in nature and the city of Bangalore; has the largest number of units in Karnataka State. The study provides base line data relating to some morbidity conditions for future comparisons. Low back ache, tiredness, head ache, irritation in the eyes, sleeplessness, joint pains, chest pain, postural giddiness, persistent running nose, abdominal pain, cough and tremors of hands, were some of the common conditions elicited among the workers. Some of the conditions were identified to be possibly related to various processes within the industry. Particularly low back ache and irritation in the eyes (rolling and dipping), tremors of hands (packing). It is very likely that in the final stages when certain chemical ingredients are added which finally give the scent, the chances of pollutants entering either through skin or inhalation is possible. Environmental monitoring has not shown any appreciable dust hazard. The study has helped in identifying some of the areas in the work environment which required improvement. There is a need for social workers, medical personnel and industrial hygienists to explore the possibilities of minimizing possible hazards. A national sampling survey in other parts of the country might also be beneficial.

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