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Spirometric surveillance in hazardous materials firefighters: does hazardous materials duty affect lung function?

Authors
Kales-SN; Mendoza-PJ; Hill-JM; Christiani-DC
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2001 Dec; 43(12):1114-1120
NIOSHTIC No.
20041029
Abstract
We analyzed spirometry results for 351 male hazardous materials firefighters from 1996 to 1999 who underwent one or more annual medical surveillance/fitness for duty examinations: 276 (79%) technicians and 75 (21%) support members. Support members had a very limited potential for hazardous materials exposure and served as referents. In cross-sectional comparisons, the technicians' average forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume in 1 second were either statistically better or not significantly different from that of the support members at all four examinations. Longitudinally, no statistically significant differences were seen for forced vital capacity. The mean percent of predicted forced expiratory volume in 1 second decreased by 3% for technicians (P = 0.029), support controls (P = 0.433), and the total cohort (P = 0.014). Although respiratory irritants are the most common type of exposure in hazardous materials releases, the results suggest that hazardous materials technicians do not lose pulmonary function at a more accelerated rate than support team firefighters.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Decontamination; Hazardous-materials; Fire-fighters; Spirometry; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Physical-fitness; Vital-capacity; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders
Contact
Dr Stefanos N. Kales, Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Cambridge Hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20011201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
stefokali@aol.com
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000156; Grant-Number-R01-OH-003729
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Occupational Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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