Journal of Environmental and Public Health / 2018 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

Reduced Haematopoietic Output in Automobile Mechanics and Sprayers with Chronic Exposure to Petrochemicals: A Case-Control Study in Cape Coast, Ghana

Table 1

Demographic characteristics of study population.

VariableControls (40) (%)Mechanics (57) (%)Sprayers (33) (%) value

Age (yrs)
≤195 (12.5)5 (8.8)3 (9.1)
20–3934 (85)38 (66.6)27 (91.8)
40–591 (2.5)14 (24.6)3 (9.1)
Gender
Male40 (100)57 (100)33 (100)
Femalen/an/an/a
General symptoms Headache
Yes11 (27.5)35 (61.4)18 (54.5)0.0035
No29 (72.5)22 (38.6)15 (45.5)
Work Experience (yrs)
<10n/a36 (63.2)23 (69.7)
10–20n/a14 (24.6)7 (21.2)
>20n/a7 (12.2)3 (9.1)
Knowledge on any health risk of petrochemicals
Yes34 (85)17 (29.8)18 (54.5)<0.0001
No6 (15)40 (70.2)15 (45.5)

Significant ; chi-square () test value; percent out of total; confidence interval 95% CI.