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Phanprasit W, Konthonbut P, Laohaudomchok W, Tangtong C, Ikäheimo TM, Jaakkola JJK and Näyhä S (2021) Workplace Cold and Perceived Work Ability: Paradoxically Greater Disadvantage for More vs. Less-Educated Poultry Industry Workers in Thailand.Front. Public Health 9:762533. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.762533

Workplace cold and perceived work ability : paradoxically greater disadvantage for more vs. less-educated poultry industry workers in Thailand

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Author: Phanprasit, Wantanee1; Konthonbut, Pajaree1; Laohaudomchok, Wisanti1;
Organizations: 1Department of Occupational Health, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
2Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Department of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-01-31


The association between worksite temperature and perceived work ability (WA) in various educational classes remains unknown. Therefore, we interviewed 286 poultry industry workers in Thailand about their WA and linked their responses to worksite temperature. WA was based on the self-assessment of current work ability compared with their lifetime best ability (scores 0–10). Education was classified as high (university or vocational school) or low (less education). Temperature was classified as cold (−22–10°C) or warm (10–23°C). WA and the occurrence of a low WA were regressed on worksite temperature, education, and their interaction with the adjustment for sex, age, job category, physical work strain, moving between cold and warm sites, thermal insulation of clothing, relative humidity, and air velocity. The average worksite temperature was 10°C for high- and 1°C for low-educated workers. The average WA score was 8.32 (SD, 1.33; range, 4–10) and classified as low (<8) in 23% of the workers. In highly-educated workers, the adjusted mean WA decreased from 9.11 in the warm areas to 8.02 in the cold areas and the prevalence of a low WA increased from 11 to 30%, while no significant change was observed in less-educated workers. The WA score was estimated to decline by 10% more (95% CI, 4–16%) in the cold areas for the more vs. less-educated workers and the prevalence of a poor WA was estimated to increase 3.09 times (95% CI, 1.43–5.45) more. Highly-educated workers in this industry are a risk group that should be given customized advice.

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Series: Frontiers in public health
ISSN: 2296-2565
ISSN-E: 2296-2565
ISSN-L: 2296-2565
Volume: 9
Article number: 762533
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.762533
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Funding: This work was supported by Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Copyright information: Copyright © 2021 Phanprasit, Konthonbut, Laohaudomchok, Tangtong, Ikäheimo, Jaakkola and Näyhä. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.