Women's respiratory health in the cotton textile industry: an analysis of respiratory symptoms in 973 non-smoking female workers.
Beckett-WS; Pope-CA; Xu-XP; Christiani-DC
Occup Environ Med 1994 Jan; 51(1):14-18
The incidence of respiratory symptoms among workers occupationally exposed to cotton dust was studied. The cohort consisted of 973 female employees employed in cotton textile mills in China who responded to a survey about respiratory symptoms and occupational exposures. The highest dust exposure was reported by workers in production. A correlation was seen between the symptoms of cough, phlegm, shortness of breath, and wheeze and occupational exposure after adjustment for age, socioeconomic status, smoking, and the use of coal burning stoves. The presence of chest tightness or shortness of breath after being away from work for 2 days was reported by 11 workers, all of whom worked in production. Chronic respiratory symptoms were associated with job category after adjustment for domestic indoor air quality. The authors conclude that these data support an increased prevalence of respiratory disease in workers exposed to cotton dust.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Cotton-dust; Textile-workers; Cotton-mill-workers; Questionnaires; Respiratory-system-disorders
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