Health Hazards in Sericulture | Class VII

Some of the health hazards associated with sericulture are:
• Handling of dead worms with bare hands contributes to infection and illness. Workers generally need to dip their bare hands into the hot water, and judge by touch whether the fine threads of silk have loosened enough to be wound. This causes blisters and open wounds/ injuries, leading to infection.
• Standing almost continuously for about 12-16 hours a day, reeling the fine silk threads, may lead to health disorders like backaches, spine and vision-related problems.
• Vapours from boiling cocoons and diesel fumes from machines may lead to respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis.
• Continuous exposure to the noise made by spinning and wit where the fabric is woven, may result in hearing disorders.

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