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Acute pulmonary function change associated with work on large dairies in California.
Eastman C; Schenker MB; Mitchell DC; Tancredi DJ; Bennett DH; Mitloehner FM
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Jan; 55(1):74-79
OBJECTIVE: To study whether dairy workers in California have lower baseline and greater cross-shift decrements in lung function than control employees. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 210 dairy and 47 control workers who completed questionnaires and spirometry before and after the work shift. RESULTS: Dairy work was associated with mean baseline differences of -0.132 L (P = 0.07) and -0.131 L (P = 0.13) in forced expiratory volume in 1 second and forced vital capacity, respectively, compared with control employees, adjusting for age, height, smoking status, and days back at work since last day off. Dairy work was associated with a mean cross-shift difference of -65.2 mL (P = 0.02) and -103.1 mL (P < 0.01) in forced expiratory volume in 1 second and forced vital capacity, respectively, adjusting for smoking status and work-shift time. CONCLUSIONS: Dairy work in California was associated with mild acute airway obstruction. The unclear long-term effect of dairy work in California merits further investigation.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-products; Dairy-products; Animal-husbandry; Animal-husbandry-workers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Spirometry; Lung-disorders; Lung-function; Questionnaires; Health-surveys; Airway-obstruction
Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH, Rm 138 MS1-C, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA 95616
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Issue of Publication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of California - Davis
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