Aim of the study was determine working life features, working environment and working conditions on occupational health and safety of Turkish Dietetic Association (TDA) members.
In this descriptive type study, research group was 596 TDA members who has registered e-mail adress. Research was conducted between February and March 2016. Data was collected with online 42 item questionnaire. Analysis conducted with SPSS 15.0 software and p-value less than 0,05 was considered statistically significance result. Written permission was taken from TDA and names, surnames of the participants were not taken.
In the study, 99 of 596 dietitian answered the questionnaire which forwarded by e-mail (16.7%). Majority of participants (93.6%) were women, mean age was 35.6 ± 9.4 and more than half (70.7%) have received postgraduate education. Mean weekly working hour was 39.9 ± 10,1, daily work time by sitting was 4.83 ± 2.87 and daily work time on foot was 3,03 ± 1,45. One of third (33.7%) works at weekend and nearly half of participants (46.9%) finds that working environment is inapropriate for health conditions. One in four (25.5%) considers that occupational health and safety measures are insufficient. Two in three (66.3%) of dietician were subject of verbal violence, 58.2% psychological violence, 13.3% physical violence and 10 person were subject of sexual violence at least once in their life. Top three topics about occupational health and safety education were occupational health and safety in the kitchen/catering areas, first aid, adult education/communication skills. Most important problems about profession were work stress (84.8%), relationship problems (80.8%), working position (79.8), indoor working (77.8%) and thermal conditions (75.8%).
In accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation in Turkey, it is necessary to take measures about issues like work stress, working position, indoor/noisy working conditions
- Key Words: Dietitian
- Occupational health and safety.
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