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PENTEADO, Regina Zanella; GONCALVES, Claudia Giglio de Oliveira; COSTA, Daniele Damaris da  and  MARQUES, Jair Mendes. Work and health of truck drivers in the state of São Paulo. Saude soc. [online]. 2008, vol.17, n.4, pp.35-45. ISSN 0104-1290.

The aim of the present study is to assess some aspects of health and work of truck drivers and to identify possible relationships, determining and/or aggravating factors of negative impacts in their quality of life. METHOD: 400 truck drivers in a city of SP in SP330 Highway were interviewed. A closed questionnaire was used approaching aspects of the drivers' perception of their health and work. RESULTS: 59.5% of workers are self-employed, and 58.5% do only short travels (within the limits of the State), they work an average 12.7 hours/day and have from 5-8 hours of sleep. Regarding health, they reported constant or occasional postural (67.75%), auditory (37.75%), and stomach problems (57.5%) as well as colds (70%), negative feelings such as fear, stress and depression (58.5%), dizziness (23%), hoarseness (30.75%), hem (36.5%), cough (53.5%). Regarding consumption habits and behaviors, 87.75% drank coffee, 84.5% ate greasy food, 43% had alcoholic beverages, 19.5% used energizers, 32% smoked, and 2% used other drugs. CONCLUSION: Several aspects of working conditions, habits and behaviors of truck drivers have negative impacts on health, impairing communication and quality of life.

Keywords : Health Promotion; Quality of Life; Work; Occupational Health.

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