Preventive practices and symptoms experienced by ARC welders in Cavite

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Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology


Welders, Occupational Diseases, Public Health


The study employed a descriptive research design with 150 arc welders in the province of Cavite. The researchers used purposive sampling. A self-made questionnaire was used to determine the preventive practices and symptoms experienced by arc welders in Cavite. The data gathered were subjected to statistical treatment using frequency, percentage, Spearman's rho, and scatter plot. Based on the finding of the study, the following conclusions are drawn: 1) Mostly the respondents included in the study belong to 36-40 age group, male, married, high school graduates, trained through apprenticeship, worked as arc welders for 1 to 5 years, do not use arc welding on a daily basis, do not use different kinds of welding and uses welding machine within working time limit of 8 hours; 2) The respondents does not have enough knowledge on the preventive practices on the health risks in using the arc welding such as following the rules concerning the use of welding machine, using PPE (Persona Protective Equipment) while performing arc welding, using simple shades if there are no lead goggles, does not weld on a rainy day, double checking the machine before using it, selecting welding helmets rather than lead goggles, using lead gloves, protecting their feet against radiation, and distancing themselves from welding operation if they do not have proper protection; 3) Majority of the respondents experiences health symptoms while and after using the arc welding machine such as feeling difference in their body caused by welding, experiencing irritation in their eyes during welding, feeling discomfort like their eyes are laced with sand, pain, in the eye, experiencing circle images after performing arc welding, development of cataracts, blurred eyesight, and teary eyes, etc., and acquiring skin burn during the process of welding; 4) There is a weak significant relationship between the preventive practices on the health risks and the symptoms experienced by the respondents. Those who do preventive practices still experience different symptoms.

First Advisor

Lowela M. Alindayu

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