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Liss GM; Petsonk EL; Linch KD
Occupational and environmental lung diseases: diseases from work, home, outdoor, and other exposures. Tarlo SM, Cullinan P, Nemery B, eds. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2010 Nov; :273-289
Construction of domestic and commercial structures as well as roads and other public works is performed in virtually all societies, In 2007, 7.8 million workers were employed in the construction sector in the USA, representing 5-6% of total nonfarm employment (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Survey). Occupational health issues, including respiratory disorders, among construction workers are often quite challenging. The great variation in work processes and tasks, as well as the continually changing workplace settings often impede the ability of managers and workers to anticipate, document and prevent hazardous exposures. The multiplicity of potential respiratory hazards associated with construction jobs guarantees that many physicians will be challenged to manage respiratory diseases among construction workers and to assess the significance of job exposures on disease occurrence in the clinical findings. In this section, we discuss the types of exposures to respiratory hazards that may be encountered in the construction setting and the potential health effects, including (1) nonmalignant conditions; (2) malignancies; and (3) immunologic conditions, with an emphasis on asthma.
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-disorders; Respirable-dust; Particulate-dust; Silica-dusts; Silicates; Quartz-dust; Fibrous-dusts; Fungal-diseases; Fumes; Molds; Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-dust; Gases; Pneumoconiosis; Cancer-rates; Lung-cancer; Lung-disorders; Neoplasms; Surveillance
Tarlo SM; Cullinan P; Nemery B
Occupational and environmental lung diseases: diseases from work, home, outdoor, and other exposures
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