Knowledge Workers on Occupational Hazards in the Industry of Ceramics
Introduction: The changes that occurred in recent decades in the labor market have affected the health of individuals and the collective of workers. Work intensification is a characteristic of the current phase of capitalism. The uncertainty generated by fear of unemployment makes people undergo precarious schemes and employment contracts, receiving low wages and risking their lives and health in unhealthy environments, of high risk. Objectives: To identify the awareness of occupational risks on workers in a ceramics factory to which they are exposed. Methods: Exploratory, descriptive and qualitative study, conducted with 12 workers from October to November 2015. The focus group methodology was used as a process to data collection to obtain qualitative information in depth. Results: we identified sufficient awareness of workers on the types of risks in the performance of their activities and concern about the possible effects that these activities can cause to health. Conclusions: It is evident from this study to provide support for planning and adjustments in working conditions of ceramic factory workers by the employer, promote educational activities to clarify and sensitize the workers to know their work environment and the factors that interfere with their health.
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