Article Text

Download PDFPDF

0437 Effect of age and body mass index as risk factor for occupational contingencies in healthcare workers
  1. Gonzalo Aicardi,
  2. Jonathan Alvarez,
  3. Fatima Cotobal,
  4. Marta Hernandez,
  5. Mercedes Cumplido,
  6. Lourdes Barrueco
  1. SACYL, Salamanca, Castile and leon, Spain


Objective To determine whether overweight and obesity and age are associated with a higher risk of accidents at work and occupational disease.

Background Data During recent years, professional contingencies have been increasing at work, a change that coincides with a higher prevalence of obesity and older work population.

Methods This cross-sectional study was carried out among 1489 workers in healthcare industry. This study identified the prevalence of obesity and overweight in a hospital and its associations with occupational diseases and accidents at work over a 4 years‘ period. With and without absences from work and the length of the absences were recorded. Body mass index (BMI) and demographic details were recorded.

Results At baseline, 48,3% had normal-weight (BMI [body mass index]: 18.5–24.99 kg/m 2), 34,3% were overweight (BMI: 25–29.99 kg/m 2), 14,8% were obese (BMI ≥30 kg/m 2), and 2,6% were underweight (BMI <18.5 kg/m 2). During the 4 years‘ period, with a mean of 46 years, 263 participants were diagnosed with a professional contingency (accident at work or occupational disease). Compared with normal-weight individuals, there was no statistically significant difference having an occupational contingency between overweight and obese workers (p-value 0,161). Although, we found that the age is a risk factor of having an accident at work.

Conclusion Obese and overweight persons are not at a higher risk of developing an occupational contingency. Furthermore, our results indicate that the age might be a novel explanation for the increased number of workers with accidents at work.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.