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Document ID (ISN)110029
CIS number 09-1095
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Osman E., Pala K.
Title Occupational exposure to wood dust and health effects on the respiratory system in a minor industrial estate in Bursa/Turkey
Bibliographic information 2009, Vol.22, No.1, p.43-50. 36 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to estimate occupational exposure to wood dust in the furniture industry in an industrial estate in Bursa, Turkey. The study involved 328 woodworkers and 328 unexposed controls. Data on respiratory health were collected by means of questionnaires and medical examinations, including spirometry. Exposure to wood dust was evaluated from workplace sampling. The average dust concentration at the workplace was 2.04mg/m3. 53.7% of the workers reported a blocked nose while working, 43.0% had eye irritation, 41.2% had itching eyes and 23.8% had a runny nose. No symptoms were observed in the control group while they were working at the workplace. The mean FEV1 and FVC values of woodworkers, among both smokers and non smokers, were significantly lower than those of controls. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) wood dust; Turkey; furniture industry; pulmonary function; exposure evaluation; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; rhinitis; eye irritation; questionnaire survey; medical examinations; breathing atmosphere; spirometry; sampling and analysis; determination in air; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTurkey
Subject(s) Woodworking industry
Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Woodworking industry
Lumber and the woodworking industry