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Organic dust disease of airways.

Authors
Zuskin-E; Schachter-EN; Kanceljak-B; Witek-TJ Jr.; Fein-E
Source
Int Arch Occup Environ Health 1993 Sep; 65(2):135-140
NIOSHTIC No.
00217055
Abstract
The incidence of respiratory symptoms and lung function impairments among workers exposed to organic dust aerosols was studied. Respiratory symptoms recorded by questionnaire and lung function were assessed in workers involved with processing organic materials and airborne dust levels were measured at the various workplaces. Workers exposed to organic aerosols demonstrated significantly higher incidences of chronic respiratory symptoms compared with nonexposed referents. Male smokers had higher incidences of many respiratory symptoms compared with nonsmokers. Up to 65% of female and 61.9% of exposed male workers reported acute symptoms which developed during a work shift. Significantly decreased lung function was seen in almost all exposed workers compared with referents. Respirable dust concentrations ranged from 0.12 to 3.50mg/m3. The authors conclude that exposure to organic aerosols may contribute to the development of chronic obstructive lung disease, especially in conjunction with smoking.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Airborne-dusts; Aerosols; Organic-dusts; Occupational-exposure; Exposure-levels; Sex-factors; Cigarette-smoking
Contact
Medicine Mount Sinai Medical Center One Gustave L Levy Place New York, N Y 10029
CODEN
IAEHDW
Publication Date
19930901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
709316
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-02593
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0340-0131
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
Source Name
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
NY
Performing Organization
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
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