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Use of Personal Protective Equipment by Sawmill Workers in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Folaranmi D. Babalola and Azeez D. Oladipupo

The study evaluates the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety gears among sawmill workers in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Primary data for the study were gathered through administration of structured questionnaire and interview to solicit responses from sawmill owners and workers in the city. Backache resulting from lifting of heavy loads ranked first among the health disorders experienced by the sawmill workers. All the workers indicated that they had experienced earache and this was mainly caused by loud noise made by heavy machines used in sawmills. Also, eye irritation, cough and rough voice were caused by wood dust and shaving particle. All the workers interviewed in this study did not have ear muffs but 83.0% had hand gloves. Majority of the workers did not have PPE and safety gadgets, and these were not provided by the employer. For those that have PPE, protective eye glasses, nose cover, and gloves were used. The workers used some of the PPE because of fear for accident. The sawmill owners did not enforce the use of PPE. Also, there was no enforcement on the use of PPE from any government authority. The workers agreed that PPE are cheap and affordable, easy to use, and necessary for their daily sawmill operations, however, they disagreed that their meager salary can allow them to purchase them. It appears that it is necessary for sawmill owners to encourage their workers to use the PPE as well as support this by providing the necessary equipment. The concerned government authority also needs to enforce the use of PPE in sawmills.

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