|Document ID (ISN)||100879|
|Convention or series no.
||HSE Research Report RR 022
||Hoyle J., Cherry N., Pickering C.A.C., Burgess G., Smedley J., Dippnall M., Niven R.M.
Health and Safety Executive
||Occupational lung disease in ferrous foundry workers
||HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. iv, 26p. 4 ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
||http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr022.pdf [in English]
||In a study of workers in ten ferrous foundries, it was found that the 509 men exposed to chemical binders were more likely (16.1%) to complain of chest tightness than the 402 non-exposed men (7.7%), an odds ratio of 2.32 after allowing for confounders. Of the 170 exposed men complaining of at least one chest symptom, 144 underwent histamine challenge testing. 20 were positive in the exposed group, while in the non-exposed group, only eight were positive. No difference was seen between exposure groups in the small number of cases diagnosed as occupational asthma. No evidence of major differences in health were found between exposed and non-exposed ex-employees. The most notable finding was the low reactivity in the histamine challenge test of workers with symptoms from both the exposed and non-exposed cohorts. Although there was only weak evidence of respiratory ill health associated with foundry work in this study, the potential exists where exposures to chemicals binders are high.
||occupational diseases; respiratory diseases; core binders; iron and steel industry; foundries
||United Kingdom; report; glossary; asthma; case-control study; histamine
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Metal production and metalworking
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Iron and steel industry