2013 Volume 89 Issue 3 Pages 89-101
This study aimed to understand the health conditions of longshoremen and the current status and issues related to safety and health at the ports and harbours. The subjects were 100 longshoremen. With regards to health conditions, a particular focus was placed on mental health issues, and individual tolerance of stress was assessed through the analysis of stress-related genes. According to the results, stress reactions were seen in 27.1% of the subjects, and mild to severe depression was observed in 47.9%. In addition, genetic analysis indicated that there was a high possibility that s/s and s/l genotypes conferred depression. Although a variety of initiatives regarding safety and health were being conducted by the respective companies, mental health issues remained to be resolved by addressing effective mental health measures in the future.