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Occupational asthmagens in cleaners: a focus group study.

Authors
Arif-AA; Delclos-GL; Symanski-E; Hughes-P
Source
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R03-OH-008136, 2007 Sep; :1-67
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20040348
Abstract
Background: Despite being a large part of the workforce, cleaners remained a relatively understudied occupational group in the U.S. Methods: Twelve focus group sessions were conducted in Lubbock, TX, and Houston. TX. Participants were asked about their job tasks, type of products they use to clean, job training, and work environment. Results: A total of 99 domestic and industrial cleaners participated in the focus group sessions. Three general themes emerged regarding cleaning professionals' work experiences: a) job training; b) chemical exposure and use; and c) competence. Domestic cleaners demonstrated significant skills deficit among across each of these three themes as compared to industrial cleaners. Domestic cleaners reported more frequent exposure to respiratory irritants and sensitizers and also reported adverse respiratory symptoms as compared to industrial cleaners. Conclusions: This qualitative study suggests that domestic cleaners may be at increased risk of exposures that may have potential adverse respiratory health effects.
Keywords
Cleaning-compounds; Humans; Housekeeping-products; Housekeeping-personnel; Men; Women; Chemical-reactions; Chemical-properties; Chemical-structure; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Respiratory-infections; Respiratory-system-disorders; Irritants; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders
Contact
Ahmed A. Arif, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 920 I University City Blvd, CHHS Building 429, Charlotte, NC 28223
Publication Date
20070905
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Email Address
aarif@uncc.edu
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-105557
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-008136
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; NC
Performing Organization
Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center
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