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Awareness of Adverse Health Effects of Silica Dust Exposure Among Stone Quarry Workers in Ghana

Version 1 : Received: 4 April 2021 / Approved: 6 April 2021 / Online: 6 April 2021 (10:17:03 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 12 May 2021 / Approved: 13 May 2021 / Online: 13 May 2021 (11:02:43 CEST)

How to cite: Ahadzi, D.F. Awareness of Adverse Health Effects of Silica Dust Exposure Among Stone Quarry Workers in Ghana. Preprints 2021, 2021040168 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0168.v1). Ahadzi, D.F. Awareness of Adverse Health Effects of Silica Dust Exposure Among Stone Quarry Workers in Ghana. Preprints 2021, 2021040168 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0168.v1).

Abstract

Background: Work experience is a key factor that influences safety awareness among workers. This study investigated the influence of work experience on the level of awareness on adverse health effects of silica dust exposure among stone quarry workers in Ghana while controlling for theoretically relevant compositional and contextual factors, evaluated the magnitude and order of association between the predictors and the predicted variable. Method: A cross-sectional survey data of 524 randomly selected stone quarry workers were subjected to multivariate statistical analyses. Results: Stone quarry workers who had 6 to10 years and more than 10 years of work experience were 48% (OR = 1.475, P = 0.021) and 82% (OR = 1.816, P = 0.003) respectively more likely to be aware of the adverse health effects of silica dust exposure compared to their counterparts who had 1 to 5 years work experience. Conclusion: These findings provide relevant information for managers and policymakers to plan and maximize awareness on silica dust health hazards among silica exposed workers.

Keywords

awareness, adverse health effects, exposure, stone quarry workers, silica dust

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