Health and pink-collar work

Basu, S, Ratcliffe, G and Green, M ORCID: 0000-0002-0942-6628
(2015) Health and pink-collar work. OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD, 65 (7). pp. 529-534.

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<h4>Background</h4>In recent years, there has been a decline in the manufacturing sector of the UK economy with a corresponding growth of service-orientated pink-collar jobs in some regions. While the health outcomes of white- and blue-collar workers are well-established, less is known about this emerging pink-collar group.<h4>Aims</h4>To outline the health of pink-collar workers in comparison to their white-collar counterparts across a range of indicators.<h4>Methods</h4>Area-level percentages for white-, pink- and blue-collar workers were derived from residents' routinely collected employment data in a northern English town. Area-level health data pertaining to male and female life expectancy, respiratory deaths and deaths from cardiovascular and circulatory causes (all age and under 75 years) were obtained from the local authority and public health observatory. Multivariate regression analyses were performed to assess relationships between job collar and health.<h4>Results</h4>When adjusted for deprivation, areas with higher percentages of pink-collar workers experienced lower rates of death from circulatory disease under the age of 75 in comparison to white-collar workers. Other relationships between collar status and health outcomes were not statistically significant.<h4>Conclusions</h4>The reasons underlying the apparent protective effect of pink-collar status for deaths from circulatory disease are uncertain and merit further study. Possibilities include differences in age, exposure to occupational hazards and lifestyle behaviours. Our work has a number of limitations and longitudinal studies with detailed exposure data should assess the long-term health outcomes of these workers using agreed definitions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health status, occupation, pink-collar work, public health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 10:14
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:37
DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqv103
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