alexa Occupational Health Hazard in Abelmoschus esculentus (Bhindi) Picking and Mitigating Measures
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Research Article

Occupational Health Hazard in Abelmoschus esculentus (Bhindi) Picking and Mitigating Measures

Gandhi S1, Mehta M2* and Dahiya R3
1Scientist Department of FRM, India
2College of Home Science, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, HISAR, Haryana, India
3DES Home Science Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Fatehabad, Haryana, India
Corresponding Author : Mehta M
CCS Haryana Agricultural University
HISAR,Haryana, India
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received May 30, 2014; Accepted July 04, 2014; Published July 06, 2014
Citation: Gandhi S, Mehta M, Dahiya R (2014) Occupational Health Hazard in A.esculentus (Bhindi) Picking and Mitigating Measures. Adv Crop Sci Tech 2:135. doi: 10.4172/2329-8863.1000135
Copyright: © 2014 Gandhi, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Vegetable A. esculentus (Bhindi) picking is labour-intensive work that requires painstaking physical effort,
patience and perseverance. Women usually use their hands resulting in physical and mental fatigue, hardship, exploitation and pain. The present study was carried out to study the occupational health hazard in vegetable A. esculentus (Bhindi) picking and mitigating measures. The experimental study was carried out on 10 farm women labourers in Majra village of Fatehabad district in A. esculentus (Bhindi) farms, studying use of four types of gloves as existing protective measures used by the respondents and then introduced 3 appropriate technologies viz. protective gloves, capron and vegetable picking bags as mitigating measures. Women workers faced severe health hazards in picking A. esculentus (Bhindi) (lady finger) in terms of cuts and wounds in hands, hardness of skin, itching, blisters and abrasions.Various mitigating measures used by the respondents during A. esculentus (Bhindi) picking were homemade mittens of cloth materials (40%), surgical gloves (30%), cotton (20%) and woolen gloves (10%). Performance evaluation of existing mitigation measures was studied in terms of durability, safety and comfort in terms of sweating, it was highlighted that mittens made of denim cloth were preferred most (Rank I) followed by cotton gloves (Rank II), woolen gloves (Rank III) and surgical gloves (Rank IV). Use of improved technology in A. esculentus (Bhindi) picking not only reduced the health hazards, but also increased the output by 40 percent, thereby, increasing the efficiency of the worker.

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