Estimation of risk factors of the work environment and analysis of employees' self estimation in the wood processing industry

Ivars Vanadziņš, Maija Eglite, Marite Baķe, Dagmara Sprudža, Žanna Martinsone, Inese Martiņsone, Ņina Rusakova, Anita Piķe, Pavels Sudmalis

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The aims of our study were to determine risk factors of the work environment in the wood processing industry in Latvia during 1998-2006, to conduct a survey and self- evaluation of health of the employees and to elaborate a set of preventive measures for improvement of the work environment. The work conditions in wood processing companies in Latvia over the study period were poor; of a total of 940 evaluated workplaces/processes in more than one half of cases (n = 483), the risk factors of the working environment exceeded the occupational exposure limits. Measurements made in wood processing and furniture manufacturing most frequently limiting values or recommended values of the occupational exposure were exceeded for noise, indoor air, lighting, welding spray, whole-body vibration, wood dust and other risk factors. Self-evaluation of health by employees indicates that the main health problems were pain in the back and joints, poor hearing, eye irritation, skin irritation and inflammation, chronic coughing, rhinitis, recurring windpipe inflammations, and frequent headaches. Self-evaluation of employees indicated poor diagnostics of occupational diseases and work related diseases as for 82% of the respondents with health complaints they were not confirmed with medical diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section B: Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • chemicals
  • ergonomical factors
  • microclimatic conditions
  • noise
  • risk factors of work environment
  • vibration
  • wood processing industry
  • wooden dust

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 3.5 Other medical sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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