Lung function in fire fighters, I: a three year follow-up of active subjects.
Musk-AW; Peters-JM; Wegman-DH
Am J Publ Health 1977 Jul; 67(7):626-629
From a cohort of 1,768 Boston fire fighters studied initially in 1970, pulmonary function tests were repeated on 1,146 active subjects in 1974. The mean time between examinations was 3.4 years. The data on 1,430 subjects after one year of follow up had indicated excessive decrements in levels of forced vital capacity and one second forced expiratory volume which were related to the frequency of fire exposure. The annual decline over three years was less than that observed over one year and could not be related to the number of fires fought or to other indices of acute fire exposure. Selection factors within the fire department appear to be important in protecting fire fighters from continued loss of ventilatory capacity. (Grant No. R01-OH-00369)
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-functions; Diagnostic-tests; Prevention; Respiratory-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Protective-measures; Fire-fighting
Dr. A. William Musk, Research Fellow, Harvard University School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
American Journal of Public Health
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts