Workers in stables and slaughterhouses endanger their health
According to a new study, people who work in pig or poultry houses or an attached slaughterhouse are at risk of losing their health. The work there contributes to a significantly increased risk of respiratory disease. Experts recommend improvements in occupational safety.
Increased risk of respiratory disease People who work in pig or poultry houses or an attached slaughterhouse are at risk for their health, according to a new study. Working in such companies contributes to a significantly increased risk of respiratory illness. As Gunter Linsel from the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health told the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung", individual workplaces in the production chain from the stable to the slaughterhouse would entail "extremely high levels of dust and germs." such as breathing masks or ventilated work helmets.
Constituents in the stable air The long-term study by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in which the scientists examined employees in the animal husbandry area of a company over a period of twelve years, was to find out which constituents causing illness are present in the stable air and how workers are effectively protected from them could become. According to project manager Linsel, they came to the following conclusion: "The closer and longer the contact with the animal, the more dangerous it becomes for the employee."
Working with different risks Employees of live animals in poultry slaughterhouses or hatcheries are particularly at risk. Activities such as collecting eggs would be less risky. As Linsel told the newspaper, the long-term study was not yet completed, but blood samples from individual employees from the past twelve years were still being evaluated. This should check whether there are signs of allergies or infections when working with animals. (ad)
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