Exploring the Occupational Health Landscape of Aparri Fishers: An In-Depth Analysis of Work-Related Injuries, and Hazards

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Ma. Angelita S. Rabanal


The fishing industry is vital to global economies, supporting millions of people, however, despite its economic importance, fishers' health and safety have often been neglected. Fishers face many occupational hazards and a higher risk of injury due to their work. This study investigates fishers' occupational health in Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines to fill this critical gap. The fishing industry includes fish capture, processing, and aquaculture, each with its own challenges and risks. This study examines fishers' health, workplace hazards, and injuries across these three fisheries sectors. This study also delved into fishers' socio-economic, work experience, demographic, and fishing practice characteristics to provide a holistic view of their occupational health. Quantitative descriptive correlational cross-sectional study design was used to achieve these objectives. A representative sample of 358 fishers from various sectors in fourteen barangays of Aparri was selected using multi-stage sampling. Structured interviews were used to collect data on fisher hazards and injuries. Preliminary findings from the study indicate that the overall occupational health of fishers in Aparri is characterized as average in terms of hazard exposure and good in terms of workplace injuries. Notably, burn injuries emerged as a common concern among fishers involved in both aquaculture and fish capture activities. Furthermore, significant disparities were observed in the prevalence of biophysical hazards among the different fisheries sectors. The outcomes of this quantitative inquiry hold paramount importance in the development of targeted interventions. The insights gained from this study will inform the design and implementation of a comprehensive health, safety, and risk management program tailored to the unique needs of fishers in Aparri, Cagayan. By addressing the identified gaps in occupational health and safety awareness, practices, and hazards, this program aims to enhance the well-being and quality of life of fishers while promoting a safer and healthier working environment within the fishing industry.


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