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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

Print version ISSN 1413-8123On-line version ISSN 1678-4561

Abstract

FERREIRA, Marcelo José Monteiro et al. Surveillance of occupational accidents by sentinel workers’ health centers in the municipality of Fortaleza, Northeast of Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2017, vol.22, n.10, pp.3393-3402. ISSN 1678-4561.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-812320172210.17422017.

This article examines the factors associated with the notification of occupational accidents by sentinel workers’ health centers in the municipality of Fortaleza in the northeast of Brazil. An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted of five sentinel workers’ health centers for serious and fatal occupational accidents. A total of 354 interviews were conducted with professionals responsible for notifying occupational accidents. Bivariate analysis was conducted using Pearson’s chi-square test and/or Fisher’s exact test using prevalence ratios and 95% confidence intervals, followed by stratified analysis and multivariate Poisson regression adopting the stepwise forward method. Variables that obtained a p-value of less than or equal to the chosen significance level (0.05) were maintained in the final model. Professionals who had a greater number of years of work experience, had undertaken three training courses, had knowledge of policy directives concerning occupational accidents, were familiar with the SINAN notification form, were aware that occupational accidents are reportable, and discussed the theme of occupational accidents in the workplace were statistically more likely to notify occupational accidents. Education and training helps raise awareness among health professionals.

Keywords : Occupational accidents; Notification of occupational accidents; Workers’ Surveillance; Health information systems; Occupational health.

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