Esther Tamunoiyowuna Bruce-Agbogidi, Gienah T. Bruce-Agbogidi & Diepreye Rhoda Bruce-Agbogidi
The study investigated factors predisposing secondary school teachers to occupational health hazards in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Descriptive survey was adopted. 258 secondary school teachers were used. A questionnaire titled “Questionnaire on Occupational Health Problems Prevalent among Teachers” (QOHPPT) was used to gather data. Four research questions and four hypotheses guided the study. Frequencies and mean were used to answer the questions, while the hypotheses were tested at 0.05 alpha level using independent t-test and ANOVA. Results reveal that voice and chest pain were higher among married teachers; however marital status does not signiﬁcantly inﬂuence its prevalence. Teachers with 16-20years’ experience suﬀer a higher prevalence of voice and chest pain, while teachers with over 20years of experience suﬀer the least. Married teachers recorded higher prevalence of musculoskeletal pains, even though marital status does not signiﬁcantly inﬂuence its prevalence. Musculoskeletal pain is higher among teachers with 11-15years of experience and least among teachers with over 20years’experience; however years of experience do not signiﬁcantly inﬂuence its prevalence. Based on the ﬁndings, recommendations were made including that the Ministry of Education should introduce the use of public address systems, build more classrooms, provide comfortable furniture, and employ more teachers.