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Lung function in fire fighters, II: a five year follow-up of retirees.

Authors
Musk-AW; Peters-JM; Wegman-DH
Source
Am J Publ Health 1977 Jul; 67(7):630-633
NIOSHTIC No.
00071761
Abstract
In a study of the chronic effects of fire fighting on lung function, 1,768 employees from the Boston Fire Department were examined in 1970. From this cohort, 109 firefighters who retired in the period 1970 to 1975 have been restudied with questionnaire and respiratory function tests. The observed values for pulmonary function when expressed as a per cent of predicted are consistently slightly below 100 percent. The expected effect of cigarette smoking on lung function was demonstrated. The results suggest that selection factors within the Fire Department (company transfers, promotions, and retirement) are important in reducing the effect of fire fighting on subjects who may be adversely affected by the inhalation of combustion products.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-functions; Occupational-exposure; Protective-measures; Diagnostic-tests; Prevention; Epidemiology
Contact
Physiology Harvard Sch of Public Health 665 Huntington Avenue Boston, Mass 02115
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
19770701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
261941
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-00369
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0090-0036
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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