An Evaluation on Beekeeper's Health Risk and Some Other Risk Factors in
Beekeeping Farms: A Case of Izmir-Turkey
Beekeeping has an economic importance in crop production and animal production. The health of the beekeepers has been faced with many various risks due to beekeeping managed under the influence of environmental, climatic conditions, the effect of psychological, physical, and mechanical difficulties. In this study, it was investigated whether beekeepers take care of their own health and some other risk factors affecting their health were evaluated. The data was collected from 12 districts of the province of Izmir in Turkey and obtained face-to-face method with 175 beekeepers. The socio-economic characteristics and the health risk factors of beekeepers were investigated in this study. The average age of the beekeeper was 54.45 called as "middle age" group. 52% of beekeepers - predominantly migrant - had over 20 years of experience in beekeeping. Approximately 90% of beekeepers had social security. It was determined that 77.1% of the beekeepers were not affected by cold working conditions and falling danger, 83.4% of them had not allergic reactions on the skin, and 7% of beekeepers did not encounter physical difficulties. Besides, 22.3% of the beekeepers used alcohol, 56% had cigarette smoking and only 6.3% of them had health problems. In addition, 83% of the beekeepers knew their blood groups. As a result, it was observed that all of the beekeepers in research took care of their health by taking all necessary cautious. The result of this study shows that the health of beekeeper is very important for beekeeping activity. Key words:Beekeeper, health, risks, social security, bee production, safety standards.
Key words:Beekeeper, health, risks, social security, bee production, safety standards.