The importance of discussing topics relevant for workers’ health
Revista Bras. Med. Trab. 2018; 16(2) : 119-120
In May 2015, a truck drivers’ strike caused considerable problems to the Brazilian society1. An extensive agenda of demands led this population of workers to fight for their rights, but little appeared in the media as to a quest for better working conditions. The present issue of Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Trabalho includes an opinion article by Rocha, Fischer and Moreno that discusses the need for a broader scoped intersectoral policy to protect the health of this category of workers. The authors address the need for reorganization of work to minimize conditions deleterious to health.
Ergonomic aspects are the focus of several studies on the physical and mental health of workers published in this issue. I call the attention to the study performed by Faoro et al., which detected statistically significant difference in the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain as a function of presence or not associated mental suffering in a population of more than 1,000 employees of a poultry processing company in Southern Brazil. Considering the socioeconomic impact of orthopedic disorders, Maciel et al. performed a systematic review with meta-analysis to establish whether physical exercise in the workplace influences the occurrence of low back pain among workers.