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Using Hospital Records for Health Surveillance of Workers in the Lumber and Wood Products Industries.

Authors
Burkart-JA; Turner-ER; Nicholson-PR
Source
NIOSH 1981 Oct:139 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00166994
Abstract
The use of records from four hospitals to maintain surveillance of the health of present and former workers in sawmill, millwork, and logging industries was investigated. During a one year period, a total of 9612 male patients, 18 years of age or older, were discharged from the four study hospitals and records for 7906 were entered into the data for the investigation. Increased risks for leukemias, gastrointestinal conditions including gastric ulcers, gastritis, and intestinal disorders plus musculoskeletal conditions such as joint disorders, spondylosis, and rheumatism were found in patients with sawmill exposure. Also increased in this group of patients was the incidence of hernias, influenza, and certain types of mental disorders. Workers currently employed in sawmills showed significantly increased risks of mononeuritis and acute upper respiratory infections. Those individuals with a history of millwork had increased risks for rheumatism, intervertebral disc disorders, and diseases of the ear. Current mill workers exhibited proportionately more acute respiratory infections. Logging experience had increased risks for gastric ulcers, hernias, spondylosis, disc disorders, and open wounds. The authors conclude that, as long as the limitations of the data are realized, the procedures used in this study have validity and utility for occupational health monitoring.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0066; Lumberjacks; Sawmill-workers; Lumber-industry-workers; Woodworkers; Wood-dusts; Logging-workers;
Publication Date
19811022
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-184651
NTIS Price
A08
Identifying No.
Contract-210-78-0066
Source Name
University of Utah Research Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, NIOSH Contract No. 210-78-0066, 139 pages, 37 references
State
UT;
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