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Table 2 Workplace and behavioral characteristics among participants (N = 560)

From: Respiratory symptoms related to flour dust exposure are significantly high among small and medium scale flour mill workers in Ethiopia: a comparative cross-sectional survey

Characteristics Category Flour mill workers, N (%) Control, N (%) P value
Shift work Yes 113 (40.4) 24 (8.6) 0.801
No 167 (59.6) 256 (91.4)
Ventilation Adequate 125 (44.6) 167 (59.6) < 0.0001
Inadequate 155 (55.4) 113 (40.4)
Safety training Yes 103 (36.8) 87 (31.1) 0.001
No 177 (63.2) 193 (68.9)
Pre-employment medical check-up Yes 167 (59.6) 97 (34.6) 0.310
No 186 (66.4) 183 (65.4)
Regular medical check-up Yes 63 (22.5) 85 (30.4) 0.600
No 217 (77.5) 195 (69.6)
PPE use Yes 56 (20.0) 76 (27.1) 0.002
No 224 (80.0) 204 (72.9)
Service year <=5 167 (59.6) 79 (28.8) < 0.0001
>5 113 (40.4) 201 (71.8)
Working hours per day <=8 138 (49.3) 201 (71.8) 0.410
>8 142 (50.7) 79 (28.8)
  1. Keys: N number; PPE personal protective equipment