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Abstract                 Volume:4  Issue-5  Year-2016          Original Research Articles

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Work Related Health Disorders of Female Agricultural Workers Correlated with Sawing and Ploughing in Bengal: An Ergonomic Profile
Sugata Das1, Anandi Bagchi2, Somnath Gangopadhay3 and Subrata Ghosh4*
1Research Scholar, Department of Physiology, CU, 92, APC Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2Assistant Professor, Jhargram Raj College, Jhargram, West Midnapore, West Bengal, India
3Professor, University of Calcutta, 92, APC Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Hooghly Mohsin College, Chinsurah. Hooghly, West Bengal, India
*Corresponding author

Agriculture is one of the three most hazardous sectors of activity, both in industrialized and developing countries. Due to lack of mechanization mostly female agriculture workers are very much prone to suffer in Work related Disorders (WD) and Work related musculoskeletal related disorders (WMSD). Defined what kind of stress factor they were passing on and what was the gradation of stress and quantify it. Also recommended the suitable technique to reduce the problem faced by the female workers and formulated some principle, some protocol or some guideline to reduce their everyday stress. The study was a double blind study, conducted in Golagori village, Khannan, Hooghly amongst female farmers associated with potato and paddy production, compared with the same parameters from control subjects who are involved with sedentary forms of work for equal days. All general physical parameters, dynamic lung function parameters, ergonomic posture analyses and biochemical assessment of blood sugar were performed by standardized procedure. Only systolic blood pressure was found to be higher for these females. Blood glucose level of subjects group was found to be lower than their respective clinical values. RULA, REBA, OWAS, SI Index values were found to be much higher for those female workers. Due to awkward posture during sawing and ploughing they faced ergonomic and musculoskeletal disorders. Also presence of low blood-glucose level, menstrual irregularities, polycystic ovaries and early menopause had also been described. performance. This study presents new information on quality of work life and work performance of university staff in a Ghanaian context.

Keywords: Agriculture, blood-glucose, MSD, occupational safety, Ergonomic hazards
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Sugata Das, Anandi Bagchi , Somnath Gangopadhay and Subrata Ghosh. 2016. Work Related Health Disorders of Female Agricultural Workers Correlated with Sawing and Ploughing in Bengal: An Ergonomic Profile.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 4(5): 155-166
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2016.405.015