The Relationship between Conversion Factors and Health: Evidence from the Ready-Made Garment Workers in Bangladesh

Nasrin, Shamima and Rasiah, Rajah and Baskaran, Angathevar and Khan, Hafiz T.A. (2019) The Relationship between Conversion Factors and Health: Evidence from the Ready-Made Garment Workers in Bangladesh. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 54 (1). pp. 20-37. ISSN 0021-9096

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0021909618796662

Abstract

This study examined the association between health condition and conversion factors (i.e. environmental, individual and social) among workers in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh. It used data gathered from a cross-sectional survey of 775 RMG workers in the Dhaka and Narayanganj districts. Using multiple logistic regression, the study found that: (1) achieving good health among RMG workers is hindered by various factors including high job-related demands, high noise levels, workplace crowding, heavy workloads, and low level of educational attainment; (2) job-related rewards and marital status have contributed to achieving good health; (3) health condition of workers is worse for women than for men; and (4) poor health condition is more prevalent among the oldest age group than in the lowest age category. The main contributions of this research: (1) this study develops a comprehensive framework to determine the factors affecting the health condition of manufacturing workers in general, and RMG workers in particular; and (2) it also examines the effects of both psychosocial and physical working conditions on the health of RMG workers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capability framework; Conversion factors; Health; RMG workers; Bangladesh
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 01:43
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 01:43
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20022

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