Determine injury incidence and severity and potential associated risk factors for injury, among janitors.Methods:
Questionnaires were disseminated to 1,200 full-time janitors in the SEIU Local 26 union; 390 responded and provided information on their injury experiences and exposures, based on personal characteristics and work-related activities. Multivariable analyses, including bias adjustment, were implemented using directed acyclic graphs to determine potential risk.Results:
Among the janitors, 34% reported experiencing at least one injury; 16% of cases resulted in hospital admittance. Significantly increased risks were identified for age, ethnicity, shift start time and physician-diagnosed depression.Conclusions:
Knowledge of specific risk and protective factors are valuable, and can serve as a basis for further in-depth studies and inform the development of targeted intervention strategies aimed to reduce occurrence of these injuries.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2019|
- occupational injuries
- public health
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
- Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.