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Document ID (ISN)43155
CIS number 85-236
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1984
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Levine R.J., DalCorso R.D., Blunden P.B., Battigelli M.C.
Title The effects of occupational exposure on the respiratory health of West Virginia morticians
Bibliographic information Feb. 1984, Vol.26, No.2, p.91-98. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract Standardised respiratory disease questionnaires and pulmonary function tests were administered to 90 white male morticians. Detailed occupational histories including estimates of the number of bodies personally embalmed were also obtained. The pulmonary function of the morticians compared favourably with that of residential groups in other parts of the US. Relatively high exposure to formaldehyde in morticians was not associated with chronic bronchitis or pulmonary function deficits, indicating that long-term intermittent exposure exerts no meaningful chronic effect on respiratory health.
Descriptors (primary) formaldehyde; funeral services; respiratory impairment; embalming
Descriptors (secondary) long-term exposure; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Funeral services