Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2010 Nov;19(2):246-257.

Workplace Hazards, Work Environment, and Physical-Affective Health of Taxi Drivers

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Sungshin Women's University, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Korea. ckoh@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to explore the factors related to physical and affective well-being of taxi drivers. The main factors of interests were workplace hazards and work environment. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study. A convenience sampling method was utilized. 181 taxi drivers in Seoul metropolitan area completed survey questionnaires. RESULT: In bivariate analysis, payment system, workplace hazards, and work environment were associated with physical health of taxi drivers. Multiple regression analysis revealed payment system and workplace hazards were significant predictors of physical health. On the other hand, age and workplace hazards, and work environment were significantly associated with affective health in the bivariate analysis. Moreover, workplace hazards and environment were significant predictors of affective health in the multiple regression analysis.
CONCLUSION
To improve taxi drivers' health status, it is critical to reform payment system to monthly payment, establish prevention policies of workplace hazards, and encourage employers and taxi drivers to make efforts for better work environment.

Keyword

Workplace hazards; Work environment; Physical health; Affective health; Taxi drivers
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