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Hand-woven carpet industry weaves health threats
Feb '09
Hand woven carpets in Iran are mainly produced in home based workshops or in a complex where many weavers gather to work. Weavers who work on carpet looms face a number of health hazards.

Improper seating arrangements cause deformity in the hip and back bones, and other musculoskeletal problems. Hand tools designed for weaving are traditionally designed with no ergonomics in their structure. The infrastructure of the workshops does not have adequate lighting, ventilation, and cooling systems. Some dyestuffs used may also prove to be toxic.

Sometimes, the weaving height is too high, causing hand and shoulder deviation from neutral postures. The weight of the weaving comb is more than 2 kg. During the weaving process, the weaver has to compress the knots by using the comb. Its heavy weight results in limb disorders. Eyesight disorders are also prevalent due to inadequate lightning and continuous eyestrain.

Despite the economic potential of carpet industry, these health hazards pose a major threat to the future of the industry.

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