@misc{cogprints9824, volume = {13}, number = {2}, month = {August}, author = {D Kumar and A Varun and U Shah and US Singh}, editor = {Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya}, title = {Health Status of Padia Workers in Slums of a Taluka Headquarters in Gujarat}, publisher = {Kakkilaya BS}, year = {2014}, journal = {Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences}, keywords = {Padia worker, Unorganized sector, Musculoskeletal problems, Occupational health, Occupational accidents}, url = {http://cogprints.org/9824/}, abstract = {Background: ?Padia? is cup or plate made from paper. A cross-sectional study was carried out in 3 slum areas of Petlad town of Anand district in Gujarat state to describe the socio-economic and health status of the Padia workers using a pretested questionnaire. Results: 68.5\% of the study participants were male. Only 27.6 \% persons were educated upto higher secondary school and none beyond. There was no worker below 14 years of age.74 \% work at their residence. Most of them spend about eight hours for the ?Padia? making work over and above their household job. Addictions were present in more than 1/3rd of workers. Musculoskeletal problem was commonest health problem. 18(12.1\%) had experienced work place related injuries accidents. None of the workers used any protective devices. Conclusion: Padia workers have several health issues including occupation related health hazards. Need exists for a participatory occupational health programme for this working population.} }