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Polyvinyl chloride film thermal decomposition products as an occupational illness 2. Clinical studies.
J Occup Med 1977 Mar; 19(3):192-196
Clinical studies were conducted on meat wrappers in response to requests for health hazard evaluations in supermarket meat departments. Twenty-four meat wrappers, eight meat cutters and 20 control subjects were studied. The study indicated that exposure to air contaminants emitted into the environment of the meat wrapping area may produce acute health effects in some individuals. These effects were primarily related to eye, nose and throat irritations. Individuals with bronchial asthma and other types of chronic obstructive respiratory disease may develop bronchospasm as a result of such exposures. The polyvinyl-chloride (9002862) contaminants emitted may cause changes in the small airways of the lung. The possibility of long term effects from such exposure is considered, based on the high incidence of chronic respiratory symptoms. Pulmonary function tests, however, for these individuals were within normal limits. It is suggested that persons with bronchial asthma and clinically significant chronic obstructive lung disease should avoid exposure to poorly controlled meat wrapping work environments.
JOCMA7; NIOSH-Author; Meat-packing-industry; Food-processing-industry; Meats; Plastics; Vinyl-plastics; Plastic-films; Respiratory-system-disorders; Hazards; Respiratory-functions; Airway-obstruction
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational Medicine
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division