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HealthWiki > Where Women Have No Doctor > Chapter 26: Work > Crafts

Many types of crafts are done in the home, where women work alone. This makes them less likely to know of common health problems caused by work and how to prevent them.

Common Health Problems from Work with Crafts
Craft or skill –––––––> Problem –––––––> What to do
Pottery making Lung diseases similar to those miners get (fibrosis, silicosis) Open windows and doors for better air flow. Blow air out with a fan if there is electricity. Wear a protective mask that keeps dust out.
Pottery painting Lead poisoning See 'Lead poisoning'.
Sewing, embroidery, knitting, lace making, weaving Eye strain, headaches, low back and neck pain, joint pain If possible, increase the amount of light on your work and rest often. See 'Sitting or Standing for a Long Time' and 'Repeating the Same Movement.'
Work with wool and cotton Asthma and lung problems from dust and fibers Improve air flow (see above), and wear a mask that will not let fibers through.
Use of paints and dyes See 'Work with Chemicals' See the prevention information in 'Work with Chemicals'.
Soap making Skin irritation and burns Use protective gloves and avoid contact with lye.

This page was updated:17 Apr 2019