The New Zealand Workforce Survey I: Self-Reported Occupational Exposures


Eng, A; Mannetje, AT; Cheng, S; Douwes, J; Ellison-Loschmann, L; McLean, D; Gander, P; Laird, I; Legg, S; Pearce, N; (2010) The New Zealand Workforce Survey I: Self-Reported Occupational Exposures. The Annals of occupational hygiene, 54 (2). pp. 144-153. ISSN 0003-4878 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/annhyg/mep097

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Abstract

Methods: Men and women aged 20-64 were selected from the New Zealand Electoral Roll and invited to take part in a telephone interview, which collected information on lifetime work history, current workplace exposures and organizational factors, and various health conditions. The prevalences of occupational risk factors in each occupational and industry group are reported. Results: Three thousand and three interviews were completed (37% of the eligible sample and 55% of those that could be contacted). Trades workers reported the highest prevalences of exposure to dust (75%) and oils and solvents (59%). Agriculture and fishery workers reported the highest prevalences of exposure to pesticides (63%) and acids or alkalis (25%). Plant and machine operators and assemblers reported the highest prevalences of exposure to smoke/fume/gas (43%), working night shift in the previous 4 weeks (18%), and working irregular hours (33%). In the high exposure occupational and industry groups, males reported a higher prevalence of exposure than females. Lifting, exposure to loud noise, and the use of personal protective equipment were reported by > 50% of the manual occupational groups. Conclusions: This study indicates that occupational exposure to risk factors for work-related disease and injury remains common in the New Zealand working population. While these occupational exposures are disproportionately experienced by workers in certain industries, they also occur in occupational groups not traditionally associated with hazardous exposures or occupational disease.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 20080811
Web of Science ID: 275242600004
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1800

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