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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA

Richard Amankwah Kuffour.

Abstract
In Ghana most employers and employees are less conscious with matters of safety. The goal of this study was to investigate the occupational health and safety challenges facing sanitary workers in Sekyere Central District Assembly. Purposive sampling was used for selection of 37 respondents. Carefully structured questionnaires, interviews and field observations were used for data collection which were afterwards analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) V20. The study showed that all the respondents faced Safety, Health, working tools and equipment and Work posture challenges which affected their job performance (p = 0.019). 96.4% experienced great pain due to their work posture. The body parts mostly affected were the waist and back (57%) and upper limbs (46%). About 71.4% were not provided with PPEs for their work. This, however, did not affect their job performance (p = 0.339) but was significantly correlated with the degree of sustaining injuries (p=0.012). They suffered from wide range of diseases which resulted in absenteeism at work and job performance (p =0.000). The unsafe working environment affected their job performance (p=0.002). Though workers job dissatisfaction never affected their job performance, it was likely to cause injuries at the work place and this could impact negatively on the safety of the workers leading to poor overall work output. Regrettably, workers were never offered any in-service Training.

Key words: Occupational Health, Safety, Sanitary Workers, Challenges, In-Service Training


 
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Kuffour RA, . OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA. J Environ Occup Health. 2020; 10(2): 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559


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Kuffour RA, . OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA. J Environ Occup Health. 2020; 10(2): 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559



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Kuffour RA, . OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA. J Environ Occup Health. (2020), [cited April 12, 2020]; 10(2): 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559



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Kuffour, R. A. & (2020) OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA. J Environ Occup Health, 10 (2), 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559



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Kuffour, Richard Amankwah, and . 2020. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health, 10 (2), 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559



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Kuffour, Richard Amankwah, and . "OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA." Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health 10 (2020), 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559



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Kuffour, Richard Amankwah, and . "OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA." Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health 10.2 (2020), 17-26. Print. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559



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Kuffour, R. A. & (2020) OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHALLENGES FACING SANITARY WORKERS IN SEKYERE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN GHANA. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health, 10 (2), 17-26. doi:10.5455/jeoh.20190306031559





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