In a typical work setting, bookbinders and bindery workers:
- Have a low level of social contact. They work mainly with machines and print materials, but may speak to others by face-to-face conversations.
- Usually work as part of a team.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other binders.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors. Work sites may not always be temperature-controlled.
- Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable. This is especially likely for bindery workers.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment or situations.
- Are sometimes exposed to fumes and dust.
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- Wear ear plugs only when working with especially noisy machines.
- May work physically near other workers.
- May wear protective safety gear, such as goggles.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cost the company or customers money.
- Must allow the work pace to be determined by the speed of machinery.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Make work decisions that impact coworkers or the reputation of their company. They often are able to act independently, but sometimes consult others for their opinion.
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- Bookbinders have more freedom to set their daily tasks and goals.
- Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.
- Work a standard 40-hour week.