94% women construction workers don’t raise voice against air pollution for fear of job loss: Study

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The sample households were characterized by respondents majorly in the age groups 36 years and above, mostly illiterate or low educational levels, predominance of Scheduled castes, followed by OBC and a majority (87 percent) were married.

Around 85 percent of the women agreed that air pollution has a negative impact on human health, 75 percent reported that they feel sick or uncomfortable when the air quality is bad, it said.

More than three-fourths of the respondents believed that working at construction sites is harmful for their health.

The study said 76 percent of women were aware of the problem of air pollution, the source of information being television (61 percent), peer group (41 percent) and school going children/ family members (45 percent).

All the participants were ignorant about the terms PM 2.5, PM 10 and air quality index, it said.

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