High Risks Of Dusts Exposure: Wood Dust Personal Sampling And Health Safety Promotion To Furniture Workers, Depok, West Java, 2012 | 2831
Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Every job has risk to get exposure to workers at the workplace. Risk is the probability for a hazard to be realized (Kurniawidjaja,
2009). Dust inhaled from the environment can harm workers? health. Not all people realize how important is health and
safety for themselves. One of the factors is about knowledge. Lawrence Green?s Theory about behavioral changing says society
behavior is determined by knowledge, attitude, believe, tradition, where those factors are predisposition factors. The aims are for
knowing wood dust level at the workplace and giving health safety promotion about risks that probably expose the workers to
enhance their knowledge. The methods are observation, interview, wood dust personal sampling (NIOSH 0500 method), and
health safety promotion. The level of total wood dust sampling is 11.4 mg/m3
. Its concentration does not exceed OSHA?s TLV for
total dust is 15 mg/m3
. Yet, workers do not protect themselves with personal protective equipment (PPE). In short, knowledge of
workers about health and safety is not good. In their assumption, until now, they are still healthy though they do not use PPE for
long years without knowing what the impacts are because of their behavior at the workplace. Thus, though value of total wood
dust at the workplace is still under the OSHA?s TLV, it does not mean it is safe because remember there is different individual
susceptibility. Health promotion is very important to increase knowledge of workers how to prevent the impact of wood dust.
Tri Octavianti, Rahma Cahyatri and Wendi Ramanda are undergraduate college students from Faculty of Public Health University of Indonesia.
Rahma Cahyatri and Wendi Ramanda took majors at Occupational Health and Safety while Tri Octavianti took majors at Environmental Health. They
are interested in scientific things such as research, writing, etc., because most of universities in Indonesia including University of Indonesia have
three values - education, research, and social dedication.
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