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Document ID (ISN)60871
CIS number 93-1578
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ide C.W.
Title Developments in the darkroom: A cross-sectional study of sickness absence, work-related symptoms and environmental monitoring of darkroom technicians in a hospital in Glasgow
Bibliographic information Feb. 1993, Vol.43, No.1, p.27-31. 15 ref.
Abstract Nine female technicians using both manual and automatic photography processing methods were matched by age, sex and smoking habits with controls. All were interviewed using a questionnaire about symptoms experienced during the day in question and the preceding month. Sickness absence information was obtained, and there was an occupational hygiene evaluation of the working environment. The technicians had similar numbers of episodes of sickness absence to the controls (23 versus 24, respectively) but had many more days of absence attributed to sickness (204 versus 41). The total number of "monthly" symptoms experienced by the technicians was greater than the controls (11 versus 30) as was the number of "daily" complaints (26 versus 6). In all cases, respiratory symptoms were responsible for about one-third of problems, but the differences were not statistically significant. Occupational hygiene results were all within normal limits.
Descriptors (primary) developers; dark-room work; photography; hospitals; chemical hazards; occupational health survey
Descriptors (secondary) sickness absenteeism; comparative study; respiratory diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Printing, photography and photocopying industry