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SILVA, Luciane Goulart da  and  SILVA, Marcelo Cozzensa da. Working and health conditions of preschool teachers of the public school network of Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.11, pp.3137-3146. ISSN 1413-8123.

This study describes the working and health conditions of preschool teachers from the public school network in Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul. A descriptive census was conducted in schools of the city and the state that offered preschool classes. The questionnaire included social and demographic, behavioral, nutritional, health and work issues. All teachers were female, more than 55% were classified as being overweight, 12.6% were smokers and 73% were not sufficiently physically active during their leisure time. With respect to the working conditions, 66.7% reported working in an uncomfortable posture, 40.5% considered the desks and furniture inadequate, 50.5% replied that the intervals between classes and activities are insufficient for resting. The prevalence of back, thoracic, neck and shoulder pain was high, and 17.8% tested positive for minor psychiatric disorders. The prevalence rates for occupational exposure and poor health conditions of preschool teachers are significant and can interfere in the quality of life and work of these individuals.

Keywords : Working conditions; Occupational health; Occupational risks; Teachers; School health; Epidemiology.

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