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Ciencia & trabajo

versão On-line ISSN 0718-2449

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TAKEDA, Fabiano et al. Study of pain conditions, discomfort and disease due to cold exposure to artificial cold and controlled in slaughterhouses in Brazil. Cienc Trab. [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.58, pp.14-19. ISSN 0718-2449.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-24492017000100014.

Background:

The objective of this research was to analyse the com plaints about pains and the surface temperature of the skin in three body sites located in the wrists and hands (bilaterally) of workers exposed to artificially conditioned environment to verify the relation ship of pain complaints with the temperature.

Methods:

To conduct the study qualitative data were collected using a questionnaire and quantitative data using environmental monitoring equipment and an infrared radiation detecting camera. The study was carried out with nineteen workers in a chicken slaughterhouse sector.

Results:

The results indicate that the lower surface temperatures of the skin reached 16,67 °C, were highlighted on the fingers that hold the product, considered according to the adapted model of ISO 11079 as a condition causing pain.

Conclusion:

Therefore, it can be concluded that this business model, under the presented circumstances, expose workers to conditions that may cause discomfort, pain, accidents and occupational diseases related to exposure to cold. This result is worrying due to its potential impact on the worker's health and greater coverage, considering that that official statistics refer to the growth of this type of activity due to the sector's expansion.

Palavras-chave : THERMOGRAPHY; FOOD-PROCESSING INDUSTRY; OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH; COLD.

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