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Document ID (ISN)110880
CIS number 10-0360
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dang B., Chen L., Mueller C., Dunn K.H., Almaguer D., Roberts J.L., Otto C.S.
Title Ocular and respiratory symptoms among lifeguards at a hotel indoor waterpark resort
Bibliographic information Feb. 2010, Vol.52, No.2, p.207-213. 26 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the cause of eye and respiratory irritation symptoms among lifeguards at an indoor waterpark. The investigation involved environmental sampling for chloramine, endotoxin and microorganisms, administering symptom questionnaires, reviewing ventilation system designs and reviewing water chemistry. Airborne trichloramine concentrations were found at levels reported to cause irritation symptoms in other studies. Some endotoxin concentrations were found at levels associated with cough and fever in previous studies. Exposed lifeguards were significantly more likely to report work-related irritation symptoms than unexposed individuals. The ventilation system may not have provided sufficient air movement and distribution to adequately capture and remove air contaminants. No water microbes were detected and water chemistry met state standards.
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; eye irritation; sampling and analysis; swimming pools
Descriptors (secondary) nitrogen trichloride; bacterial toxins; irritants; symptoms; determination in air; questionnaire survey; ventilation systems; permissible levels; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Diseases of the eye and vision damage
Ventilation