Journal of Occupational Health
Online ISSN : 1348-9585
Print ISSN : 1341-9145
Field Studies
Demographic and occupational determinants of the work ability of firemen
Marjan FiroozehMahnaz SaremiAmir KavousiAzam Maleki
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2017 Volume 59 Issue 1 Pages 81-87


Objectives: Firefighters tackle various stressors that affect their health and job performance; therefore, assessment of their work ability is necessary. This study aimed to investigate the demographic and occupational determinants of the work ability of firemen. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 375 firemen working in Tehran Fire Department were randomly selected. Demographic, occupational, and work ability index (WAI) questionnaires were applied as research tools. Results: The mean firemen's WAI score was relatively high. There were significant relationships between WAI and age, body mass index, work experience, and weekly leisure-time physical exercise hours. Single employees, those who did not have extra jobs and did not smoke, had greater scores compared to their counterparts. Poisson regression revealed that age and weekly leisure-time physical exercise hours could affect WAI significantly. Conclusions: Although Iranian firemen revealed good work ability, recognizing factors affecting this ability and preparing facilities to promote their function is necessary.

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2017 by the Japan Society for Occupational Health
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