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Advances in Preventive Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 854052, 6 pages
Research Article

Prevalence of Acute Symptoms among Workers in Printing Factories

Department of Industrial Hygiene and Health Science, Faculty of Health and Sports Science, Thaksin University, 222 Papayom District, Phatthalung Province 93110, Thailand

Received 24 June 2014; Accepted 8 October 2014; Published 16 October 2014

Academic Editor: Ivaylo Gentschev

Copyright © 2014 Somsiri Decharat. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To identify socioeconomic situation factors and behavioral factors associated with the prevalence of acute symptoms among 150 printing workers in 16 printing factories in Southern Thailand. Materials and Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted by interviewing 150 printing workers in 16 printing factories in Southern Thailand. Results. Acute symptoms comprised dizziness, drowsiness, eye irritation, light-headedness, rhinitis, shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness, nausea/vomiting, exacerbation of asthma, allergic skin reaction, and visual disorder. The prevalence of symptoms was consistently higher among workers in the printing process than among other workers. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol were not associated with an increased prevalence of acute symptoms among these printing-factory workers. Conclusion. The significant associations were found between personal protective equipment and personal hygiene and prevalence of acute symptoms in printing workers.