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Hermanowicz A., Nawarska Z., Borys D., Maślankiewicz A.
The neutrophil function and infectious diseases in workers occupationally exposed to organochloride insecticides
Polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) function was studied in 33 workers exposed to DDT. There was a severe impairment of chemotaxis, adhesive properties, phagocytosis and nitroblue tetrazolium dye reduction, and an increase in random and stimulated migration. Mechanisms are discussed. At the time of the survey there was a prevalence of infectious diseases - especially tonsillitis, pharyngitis and bronchitis - among the workers (significance compared with a control group of 1000 people: p<0.001); the incidence was significantly higher in workers exposed for 12-30 years than in those exposed for 3-5 years.
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 1982, Vol.50, No.4, p.329-340. 18 ref.
Safety training. A question of experience
Formation à la sécurité. Question d'expérience [in French]
This issue is devoted to safety training in the hospital: organising the training programme, role of audiovisual methods, experience with different aspects of safety training, training for fire safety, action at the regional level, role of some French national safety organisations.
Réalité et recherche, June 1982, p.1-60. Illus.
Environment Experts Group of the Swedish Foundation of Occupational Safety and Health (ASF's expertgrupp på området)
Microorganisms as a problem in the working environment
Mikroorganismer som arbetsmiljöproblem [in Swedish]
Contents of this report on inflammatory or immunological reactions to inhalation of microorganisms: exposure to the spores of fungi and actinomycetes, to bacteria, to endotoxins and mycotoxins, to moulds; effects due to the exposure (reactions at the cell level, allergic alveolitis, reactions to toxins); prophylactic and therapeutic measures; survey of areas needing research (exposure studies, epidemiological studies, study of the courses of diseases, experimental studies, improvements in workplace conditions).
Arbetarskyddsfonden, Box 1122, 111 81 Stockholm, Sweden, Mar. 1982. 21p. 16 ref.
Medical supervision of personnel who prepare, process, preserve and distribute foods
Surveillance médicale du personnel effectuant des travaux de préparation, de conditionnement, de conservation et de distribution des denrées alimentaires [in French]
Review of the rules of hygiene, epidemiological principles and French regulations which the occupational physician must keep in mind. These provisions bear on medical examinations, required vaccinations, prevention of toxicoses or infections due to contamination of foods (hygienic habits of personnel, bacteriological monitoring of foods, safe and hygienic use of places and equipment). The role of the occupational physician in preventing contamination of foods is emphasised (detection of carriers of Salmonella, systematic screening for Staphylococcus and infectious or parasitic agents such as amoebae, hepatitis A virus and the agents of typhoid and paratyphoid fevers).
Cahiers de médecine interprofessionnelle, 4th quarter 1982, Vol.22, No.88, p.31-49.
Update: Pulmonary diseases and disorders
Chapters cover: pneumonia in the immunocompromised host; the syndrome of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi's sarcoma; pneumococcal vaccine; legionnaires' disease; pulmonary aspergillosis; fatigue of the diaphragm; lung lymph composition and flow in normal and abnormal states; emphysema; the lungs in later life; chronic bronchitis and emphysema; silicosis; asbestos-related fibrosis; sarcoidosis; diffuse hypersensitivity disorders; mushroom workers lung; pulmonary angiitis and granulomatosis; sleep disorders; computerised axial tomography in diagnosis; pulmonary function tests in disability evaluation; small-cell cancer of the lung; superior sulcus carcinomas; tuberculosis; asthma; oxygen therapy; mechanical ventilation; adult respiratory distress syndrome; vasodilator treatment of primary pulmonary hypertension; influenza vaccine and amantadine.
McGraw-Hill International Book Company, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10021, USA, 1982. 464p. Illus. Bibl. Price: US$45.00.
Bacterial and viral zoonoses
Report of an expert committee (Geneva, Switzerland, 22-30 Sep. 1981): impact of zoonoses and general preventive measures; factors affecting the spread of zoonoses; diagnosis and surveillance; prevention and control of zoonoses; contributions of zoonoses control to national and international programmes; conclusions and recommendations. Appendices.
World Health Organization, Avenue Appia, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 1982. 146p. Bibl. Price: SF.11.00.
Q fever - A study of 111 consecutive cases
Of the 111 cases referred to a hospital during 4 outbreaks over a 20 year period, 102 had worked in abattoir in the previous 6 weeks. Men involved in animal slaughter and processing were most at risk. The series included patients who had just returned from overseas, and a mechanic who had recently worked on cars from farms. The clinical illness, physical findings, laboratory investigations, serological tests, treatment and course are reported.
Medical Journal of Australia, 26 June 1982, Vol.1, No.13, p.547-553. 11 ref.
Holdener F., Grob P.J., Joller-Jemelka H.I.
Hepatitis virus infection in flying airline personnel
Sera of 1126 flying personnel were tested for present or past infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or A virus (HAV). The prevalence of anti-HA antibodies was similar to that of controls. HBV immunity was similar in pilots, flight engineers, and female flight attendants, but more prevalent in male flight attendants. Within 1 year, 13 of 2624 personnel had acute hepatitis, mainly due to hepatitis B among male flight attendants. It is suggested that life style may be responsible for these findings.
Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, June 1982, Vol.53, No.6, p.587-590. Illus. 6 ref.
Ruppanner R., Brooks D., Morrish D., Spinelli J., Franti C.E., Behymer D.E.
Q fever hazards from sheep and goats used in research
Data are reviewed in an effort to delineate hazards to humans from small ruminants used in research. Prevalence of Q fever antibodies was 24% among 2097 sheep and 57% among 1475 goats from various sources. In a research facility using sheep, in which an epidemic of human Q fever occurred, antibody prevalence in sheep was 77%, with a large proportion of high titres. Antibody prevalence was 11% among 347 persons at 3 research institutes, mainly among students: prevalence among research staff, except for animal caretakers routinely exposed to sheep, approximated the prevalence in the general population.
Archives of Environmental Health, Mar.-Apr. 1982, Vol.37, No.2, p.103-110. 22 ref.
Venkitaraman A.R., John T.J.
Chickenpox outbreak in staff and students of a hospital in the tropics
12 members of the staff of a hospital in India acquired varicella from a young patient. None had had varicella earlier. In tropical hospitals with many non-immune staff it may be difficult to prevent hospital-acquired infection. Immigrant staff from the tropics working at hospitals in temperate countries are also at risk. Their immunity should be assessed so that measures can be taken to forestall varicella outbreaks in hospital personnel.
Lancet, 17 July 1982, Vol.2, No.8290, p.165.
Gillians J.A., Palmer H.W., Dyte P.H.
Follicular dermatitis caused by Salmonella Dublin
The clinical record and bacteriological findings in a case of follicular skin infection in a dairy farmer who had assisted the delivery of a calf without wearing gloves are presented. Possible hazards for veterinary practitioners and public health are discussed.
Medical Journal of Australia, 1 May 1982, Vol.1, No.9, p.390-391. 15 ref.
Conwill D.E., Werner S.B., Dritz S.K., Bissett M., Coffey E., Nygaard G., Bradford L., Morrison F.R., Knight M.W.
Legionellosis - The 1980 San Francisco outbreak
An outbreak of legionellosis involved 14 of a thousand workers of a single office building. Persons aged more than 50 years were at increased risk. The outbreak appears to have been due to transmission of Legionella pneumophilia by the air conditioning system.
American Review of Respiratory Disease, Oct. 1982, Vol.126, No.4, p.666-669. 14 ref.
Order No.82-608 of 12 July 1982 amending the schedule of agricultural occupational diseases attached to amended Order No.55-806 of 17 June 1955
Décret n°82-608 du 12 juillet 1982 révisant les tableaux de maladies professionnelles agricoles annexés au décret 55-806 du 17 juin 1955 modifié [in French]
The schedules of agricultural occupational diseases replaced are: No.16 - occupational diseases due to tubercle bacilli; No.27 - occupational diseases caused by penicillins and their salts and cephalosporins; No.29 - occupational diseases caused by vibration and impacts from machine tools, tools and objects; No.34 - ulceration and dermatitis due to chromic acid, chromates and alkaline bichromates, zinc chromate and chromium sulfate; No.36 - occupational diseases caused by wood; No.39 - periarticular occupational diseases.
Journal officiel de la République française, 14 July 1982, p.2257-2259 and corrigendum, 24 July 1982, p.2389.
Effects of beclomethasone exposure in industry
Men and women engaged in production of aerosols of beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP), a potent corticosteroid, were studied. Marked vasoconstriction with subsequent rebound vasodilation and opportunistic mycosis (pityriasis versicolor, pharyngeal candidosis) were observed. There were no systemic effects. Improvement of the extraction system reduced air steroid levels from 14 to 0.2µg/m3, and there was a 4-fold drop in the number of skin swabs positive for BDP.
Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine, Oct. 1982, Vol.32, No.4, p.196-200. Illus. 15 ref.
The rate of skin test conversion was determined for hospital staff exposed to a smear-negative, culture-positive patient in respiratory intensive care unit. The patient required bronchoscopy, intubation and assisted ventilation. 31% of susceptible, exposed nurses converted their PPD skin test and, of this group, 10 were present at the time of bronchoscopy. During the bronchoscopy the case generated 249 infectious units per hour which resulted in 1 infectious unit of tuberculosis in each 68.9 cu.ft.(2m3) of air. Improved ventilation, high efficiency filters and ultraviolet irradiation are recommended for air cleaning.
American Review of Respiratory Disease, May 1982, Vol.125, No.5, p.559-562. Illus. 13 ref.
Decree No.82-99 of 22 Jan. 1982 to revise and supplement the tables of occupational diseases in the Schedule to Decree No.46-2959 of 31 Dec. 1946
Décret n°82-99 du 22 janvier 1982 révisant et complétant les tableaux de maladies professionnelles annexés au décret n°46-2959 du 31 décembre 1946 [in French]
Two new tables are added to the tables of occupational diseases set out in the Schedule to the Decree of 31 Dec. 1946 (as subsequently amended): No.10 bis (occupationally-induced respiratory diseases due to chromic acid, and alkaline chromates and dichromates); No.37 bis (occupationally-induced respiratory diseases due to nickel oxides and salts). 12 tables are replaced: No.10 (ulcerations and dermatitis due to chromic acid, alkaline chromates and dichromates, zinc chromate and chromium sulfate); No.15 (occupational diseases (OD) due to aromatic amines and their hydroxy-halogenated, nitroso-, nitro and sulfonated derivatives); No.24 (occupational brucellosis); No.37 (occupational skin diseases due to nickel oxides and salts). The other amended tables concern: OD due to penicillin preparations and their salts, and to aspirin preparations for headache (No.41); formaldehyde and its polymers (No.43); wood species (No.47); aliphatic and alicyclic amines (No.49); phenylhydrazine (No.50); organic isocyanates (No.62); proteolytic enzymes (No.63); allergic disorders (No.66).
Journal officiel de la République française, 28 Jan. 1982, Vol.114, Supplement to No.23, p.399-402.
Seitz B., Seitz G., Denis J., Hamard H., Philbert M., Dughera J.
Result of a study of epidemic kerato-conjunctivitis (with adenovirus) in ophthalmological practice
Résultat d'une enquête sur les kérato-conjonctivites épidémiques (à adénovirus) en milieu ophtalmologique [in French]
Results of a nationwide survey in France among ophthalmological services where the personnel seems at particularly high risk (230 cases reported, 108 of which were in medical staff, 86 in nursing staff and 36 in various other workers) due to the endemic nature of the disease transmitted by patients with infection occurring via the hands and medical instruments. This disease should be included in the schedule of occupational diseases.
Archives des maladies professionnelles, 1982, Vol.43, No.6, p.484-485.
Main pathological features of Belgians working in the tropics and on their return
Principaux aspects de la pathologie du travailleur belge en région tropicale et au retour [in French]
The diseases to which a foreign worker is at risk in a tropical region are divided into 2 groups: exclusively tropical diseases; diseases which are not strictly tropical but are related to underdevelopment and are therefore endemic in many tropical countries. Problems in the diagnosis of diseases in workers returning from the tropics. Diagnosis of patients with fever, with diarrhoea and with skin disorders.
Cahiers de médecine du travail - Cahiers voor arbeidsgeneeskunde, June 1982, Vol.19, No.2, p.127-136. 26 ref.
Ebeid N., Omar H., Refai M., Soliman R.
Respiratory mycotic affection: sputum examination of workers in a flax plant in Egypt
The sputum of 150 individuals exposed to flax dust was collected on 3 consecutive days and tested for fungal growth. Skin test were also performed for the positive culture of Aspergillus species. Of the workers examined 74 showed fungal growth, and the strains discovered in order of frequency were A.mucor, A.niger, A.fumigatus, A.flavus, Candida albicans, yeast, trichithisum and penicillium. A.fumigatus was not discovered in 119 control subjects not exposed to flax dust. The role of fungi in initiating the occurrence of byssinosis is discussed.
Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine, Apr. 1982, Vol.32, No.2, p.66-72. Illus. 14 ref.
Crespy J., Olagnier E., Rey P., Andlauer P., Blanchard M., Gaillot P., Lafarge C., Lyonnet R., Martinet R., Matthieu M.A., Mezan P., Monestier F., Passerat A., Pirot R., Rapallini M., Requin C., Rozet J., Salomon F., Thibaudier C.
Incidence of warts and allergies in a population of workers who consulted occupational medicine specialists
Fréquence des verrues et des allergies dans une population de consultants en médecine du travail [in French]
Epidemiological study of incidence of warts in a population of 2,659 people employed in agriculture, food and related industries. Comparison with workers in other sectors. Frequency of warts and occupational allergies was significantly higher in the agricultural and food sector (except in the case of butchers).
Archives des maladies professionnelles, 1982, Vol.43, No.3, p.185-190. Illus. 10 ref.
Viral hepatitis in hospitals
Hépatites virales en milieu hospitalier [in French]
Investigation in a hospital where the staff medical service physician made regular check-ups on the personnel over a period of 13 years: study of trends in hepatitis cases (distribution chronologically, and by hospital department); in-depth research on the types of hepatitis which occurred and immunity acquired by intensive-care unit personnel. The results of the investigation and available statistics show that the present-day practitioner is better acquainted with the helath status of hospital staff and is therefore more efficient as regards preventive medicine. Analysis of general hepatitis prevention in hospital services: systematic medical surveillance and individual prevention (medical examinations, laboratory tests, consultations, return to work). Review of immunological aspects of viral hepatitis.
Cahiers de médecine interprofessionnelle, 2nd quarter 1982, Vol.22, No.86, p.21-30.
Hazards in maintenance of sewage treatment works
Risques dus à l'entretien des stations d'épuration [in French]
Based on inspection tours of French sewage stations, this article analyses the hazards involved in the maintenance of these installations, and preventive measures: accident hazards (falls, electrical and mechanical accidents, gas explosions), infectious diseases, hazards due to use of chemicals (chlorine, pH modifiers, coagulants, gases).
Cahiers des Comités de prévention du bâtiment et des travaux publics, Mar.-Apr. 1982, No.2, p.73-77. Illus.
Considerations regarding infection during hospital employment
The risks of tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, rubella, herpes (simplex virus), meningococcal disease, scabies, pertussis, respiratory syncytial virus disease, influenza, diphtheria and laboratory-associated infections among hospital workers are surveyed. Screening and diagnostic procedures are considered, together with control measures such as surveillance, appropriate immunisations, epidemiological investigations, antibiotic prophylaxis, when indicated, and environmental safeguards.
Journal of Occupational Medicine, Jan. 1982, Vol.24, No.1, p.53-57. 53 ref.
The hospital as a workplace
Arbeitsort Krankenhaus [in German]
This issue is entirely devoted to OSH problems of hospital and health care institution personnel, with articles on: planning and layout - criteria for modernisation and enlargement; fire protection; air conditioning; planning for cleaning and disinfection; precise description and delineation of tasks, functions and responsibilities, to avoid conflicts; shortcomings in staff training and their consequences in hospital work; accident "black spots" and typical hazards; explosion hazards in operating theatres; antigen B viral hepatitis and its prevention; investigation of stress and strain in medical personnel; accident-insurance aspects.
Arbeitsmedizin - Sozialmedizin - Präventivmedizin, Apr. 1982, Vol.17, No.4, p.77-104 and XXI. Illus. 40 ref.
Hall C.J., Richmond S.J., Caul E.O., Pearce N.H., Silver I.A.
Laboratory outbreak of Q fever acquired from sheep
91 staff working in a university department in which gravid sheep were used for foetal respiratory studies, were examined after an outbreak of Q fever. Of these, 28 had complement-fixing antibodies to the phase II antigen of Coxiella burnetii in their serum. Symptoms compatible with C. burnetii infection occurred in 14 of these patients. Symtomatic infections were related to the delivery of twin foetuses in one laboratory, and some evidence of infection was apparent in workers in other parts of the building. Subjects with serological evidence of infection were treated with tetracycline for 4 weeks.
Lancet, May 1982, Vol.1, p.1004-1006. 7 ref.
Maibach H.I., Gellin G.A.
Occupational and industrial dermatology
Contents of this manual, to which several authors contributed: diagnosis of occupational skin disease (OSD); principles and significance of occupational site survey; risk factors in OSD; dermatoses due to water, soaps, detergents, solvents; allergens; use and abuse of patch tests; allergic contact dermatitis (immunologic aspects); treatment of OSD; biologic causes of OSD (microbes, fungal diseases, viral agents); physical and mechanical causes; photobiologic effects; the pilosebaceous unit; sweat retention syndrome; pigment responses and pigmentation disorders; compensation; predisposing factors and pre-employement medical examinations; assessment of cutaneous impairment and disability; determining allergic contact potential of chemicals; predictive tests for allergic contact dermatitis; percutaneous absorption; dermatitis of the hands in beauticians; contact dermatitis in medical personnel; fiberglass; cutting fluids; epoxy resins; other plastics; metals; printing-plate manufacturing; culinary plants; forest products; construction work; scleroderma due to silica dust; paints and oil of turpentine.
Year Book Medical Publishers, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601, USA, 1982. 375p. Illus. 650 ref. Price: US-$54.45.
State of the art regarding contagious diseases in occupational medicine: melioidosis, Legionaries' disease, African haemorrhagic viral diseases (Lassa, Marburg, Ebola)
Actualisation de maladies infectieuses en médecine du travail: mélioïdose, maladie des légionnaires, fièvres virales hémorragiques africaines (Lassa, Marburg, Ebola) [in French]
This MD thesis considers 3 groups of contagious diseases of recent occurrence in our environment. Currently available data are used to determine if they can be linked to certain occupations, with consequent implications for occupational medicine, with a view to possible amendments to labour legislation. The thesis is mainly concerned with the ecological and epidemiological characteristics of these diseases, their clinical aspects, the occupations at risk, and case studies in the working environment. Prophylaxis is also considered.
Université de Paris VI, Faculté de médecine Saint-Antoine, Paris, France, 1982. 150p. 25 ref.
Musculoskeletal diseases due to occupation
Affections de l'appareil locomoteur en rapport avec l'exercice d'une profession [in French]
Review of the French legislation on compensated occupational diseases, compensation procedure, and diseases which are not compensated. Considerations on: bone and joint diseases, tendinitis and bone disease due to infection (brucellosis, tuberculosis, pasteurellosis), parasite-borne diseases, toxic substances (lead, fluorine, cadmium, vinyl chloride monomer), diseases due to hypo- and hyperbaric conditions (clinical and radiological study of osteonecrosis), vibration-induced disease (bone injury, arthrosis of the elbow, angioneurotic disorders). Localised disorders of the musculoskeletal system linked to occupational body movements: general information on diseases linked to body movements, and joint diseases (neck, back and low-back pain)
Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale, Intoxications, 18 rue Séguier, 75006 Paris, France, 1982. 10p. 55 ref.
Griffith G.W., Doerken H., Rehpenning W., Pegum J.S., Milham S.
Lung cancer in butchers
Attention is drawn, in these 4 letters, to excess mortality from lung cancer found for butchers and meat processing workers in the U.K. as early as 1951, an excess of cancers of the respiratory tract in butchers compared with bakers in West Germany, an excess occurrence of viral warts in U.K. butchers, and a finding of no excess mortality due to lung cancer in a sample of butchers and meatcutters in the U.S.A.
Lancet, 13 Feb. 1982, Vol.1, No.8268, p.399, 2 ref.; 6 Mar. 1982, No.8271, p.561, 2 ref.; 20 Mar. 1982, No.8273, p.690. 1 ref.
International Labour Conventions and Recommendations, 1919-1981
Texts of all the ILO Conventions and Recommendations arranged by subject, including those in the field of OSH - from the earliest (Maternity Protection Convention, 1919) to the latest (Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981). More than 40 Conventions, or revisions of Conventions, and 45 Recommendations, on OSH subjects were adopted by the ILO. They have been abstracted by CIS as from 1959. Subjects covered include: minimum age (night work, underground work, women, young persons, seafarers), night work in bakeries, dock work, rural workers, occupational cancer, crew accommodation, maximum weights (manual lifting and carrying), sick and injured seamen, building construction, food and catering (ships' crews), medical examinations (seafarers, young persons, fishermen), agriculture, plantations, machinery guarding, hygiene in commerce and offices, labour inspection, benzene, migrant workers, working environment (air pollution, noise, vibration), OSH in general, anthrax, lead poisoning, white phosphorus, hotels, theatres, hospitals, seamen's welfare in ports, medical care, ships' medicine chests, medical advice at sea by radio, radiation protection.
International Labour Office, 1211 Genève 22, Switzerland, 1982. 1167p. Price: SF.70.00.
Gorjajnova L.K., Ermolenko V.N., Kuliš B.D.
Use of thermography for diagnosis of vascular diseases of the lower extremities
Primenenie teplovidenija dlja diagnostiki sosudistyh zabolevanij nižnih konečnostej [in Russian]
A Rubin-2 thermography device was used to study the infrared emission of the lower extremities of 50 experienced coalminers and of 12 controls. Criteria for visual analysis of thermograms were developed. A sharp drop in thermal emission and a thermal assymmetry of the lower extremities, typical of angiopathy, were observed in most of the miners. The observed angiopathy is probably due to the environmental conditions to which the miners are exposed, especially a combination of high temperature (19-28°C) and high relative humidity (90-95%). Reduced circulation in the lower leg and foot is a contributing factor to the eczema and mycosis which are chronic problems of miners.
Gigiena truda i professional'nye zabolevanija, July 1981, No.7, p.30-32. Illus. 4 ref.
Ašbel' S.I., Šaronova Z.V.
Occupational hygiene and disease among medical personnel occupationally exposed to drugs
Voprosy gigieny truda i profpatologii medicinskih rabotnikov, imejuščih proizvodstvennyj kontakt s lekarstvennymi preparatami [in Russian]
Of 558 medical workers examined and/or treated, 92% had allergic reactions of the skin, upper respiratory tract or bronchi - most frequently dermatitis, eczema, or rash. The reactions occurred mainly in persons with many years of service. Patch testing of 100 subjects showed extensive allergy to common antibiotics, anaesthetics and group-B vitamins. Sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis and asthma occurrred, most often in response to penicillin and streptomycin. Some subjects with high sensitivity to 2-3 antigens (penicillin, streptomycin and Candida antigen) had a toxic-allergic myocarditis. 153 of the 558 subjects had candidiasis of the respiratory, genito-urinary and/or intestinal tract(s). Absorption through the skin and inhalation appeared to be the major routes of exposure to drugs. Improved ventilation, technical changes in certain procedures and frequent clinical examination of medical workers are recommended.
Gigiena truda i professional'nye zabolevanija, June 1981, No.6, p.6-9. 7 ref.
Les stations d'épuration [in French]
Analysis of the main hazards in sewage works during operational and monitoring procedures: accident hazards related to plant design and equipment (falls, mechanical and electrical hazards, emanations of gas); risk of infection due to contact with sewage effluent and chemical hazards related to gaseous emissions (including chlorine), changes in pH or coagulants. Prevention and protection measures are indicated for each hazard, and worker information and safety training requirements are reviewed.
Revue de médecine du travail, 1981, Vol.9, No.4, p.245-251. Illus.
Callopoli A., Tricoli C., Perugini A., Pavan D.M.
Our experience with hydatidosis: clinical and statistical findings
La nostra esperienza sull'idatidosi: rilievi clinico-statistici [in Italian]
Survey of 22 cases of hydatidosis seen over a 15-year period in the municipal hospital in Acquapendente, Italy; all but one of the cases involved farm workers or their families. Data are given on the incidence of hydatid-cyst infestation in animal stock slaughtered in the region over a 10-year period. The site of parasitic infestation in the cases studied was: liver - 15 cases; lung - 5 cases; peritoneum - 1 case; and retroperitoneum - 1 case. 4 of the cases are described in some detail.
Rivista degli infortuni e delle malattie professionali, July-Aug. 1981, Vol.48, No.4, p.459-463. 13 ref.
Wall L.M., Oakes D., Rycroft R.J.G.
Virus warts in meat handlers
Epidemiological study of virus warts on the hands of employees of a large meat processing factory (pork, beef). Of 1,141 employees examined, 687 were constantly handling meat. Detailed study of the various departments of the factory (deboning, butchery, processing, storage, packing, cookhouse, etc.). According to type of employment, prevalence of warts varied between 33.6% and 70.4% in employees handling meat, and between 18.2 and 44.4 in non-meat handlers. In 50% of these cases the workers concerned were unaware of the development of warts (especially plane warts).
Contact Dermatitis, Sep. 1981, Vol.7, No.5, p.259-267. Illus. 8 ref.
Laerum O.D., Iversen O.H.
International Union Against Cancer
Biology of skin cancer
This report of the workshop held 12-16 Jan. 1981 in Geneva, Switzerland covers: a brief history of skin cancer and carcinogenesis research; normal skin; skin cancer (geographical and racial variations, genetic factors, classification, biological properties); criteria of malignancy (human and animal); chemical carcinogenesis (environmental carcinogens, experimental models, epidermal cell proliferation kinetics, biochemical mechanisms, short-term tests for carcinogens); ultraviolet radiation carcinogenesis; ionising radiation carcinogenesis; viral carcinogenesis; the immune system in human carcinogenesis; stroma and tumour invasiveness; role of ageing in carcinogenesis; conclusions and implications, recommendations for future research.
Hans Huber Publishers, Länggasstrasse 76, 3000 Bern 9, Switzerland, 1981. 263p. 992 ref. Price: SF.44.00.
Occupational health and women workers: A review
This review covers specific health hazards of women workers including the stress associated with work and family responsibilities, exposure to carcinogens and toxic substances and their long-term effects, ergonomics, exposures of health care and social workers to infectious diseases, and the effects of work and occupational exposures on reproduction.
Labor Studies Journal, Spring 1981, Vol.6, No.1, p.16-28. 27 ref.
Health and safety in medical laboratories
A review of the microbiological, chemical and physical hazards of work in a medical laboratory carrying out research or routine and diagnostic examinations, under the headings: infectious diseases (tuberculosis, serum hepatitis, salmonellosis, brucellosis, and other micro-organisms such as herpes B viruses and Marburg and Lassa fever viruses); non-infectious illnesses (accidents, skin disease, cancer and other hazards related to inhalation of toxic and anaesthetic gases, and injury due to broken glass). Current laboratory safety and health practices for different classes of laboratory are reviewed and recommendations made for tightening up on these practices, especially in laboratories where there is high individual risk due to biological agents. Safety requirements in genetic manipulation are considered. The work of the WHO Special Programme on Safety Measures in Microbiology is referred to.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 1982, Vol.60, No.1, p.9-16.
Dutkiewicz J., Ulmiński J., Łotach H.
Harmful occupational biological agents - Classification
Klasyfikacja biologicznych szkodliwości zawodowych [in Polish]
Description of a new system of classifying biological agents that may cause occupational diseases. The system comprises a classification based on the principles of taxonomy (from viruses to vertebrates) and a classification on the basis of workplace characteristics. The first gives data on 83 agents: Latin and Polish names, occurrence, means of transmission, routes of entry, effects on the human body and categories of workers exposed. In the second, the symbols adopted for the data on each agent are attributed to 208 workplaces, arranged by category of occupational and branch of industry. The classification, which also includes an appendix containing a descriptive list of methods for studying the workplace and for the periodic medical examination of workers, is intended to help in diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Prace Centralnego instytutu ochrony pracy, 1981, Vol.31, No.111, p.291-305. 24 ref.
Robertson M.H., Clarke I.R., Coghlan J.D., Gil O.N.
Leptospirosis in trout farmers
5 cases of leptospirosis, ranging in severity from an influenza-like illness to a fatality, are documented. Leptospiral antibodies were found in these workers. Pond water or trout food contaminated with rat urine is believed to have caused the outbreak. An additional case, at a different location, resulted from a fish farmer wading in rat polluted water with defective rubber boots.
Lancet, 19 Sep. 1981, Vol.II, No.8247, p.626-627. 5 ref.
Rothe A., Zschunke E.
Endemic Tinea microsporica in persons employed in the industrial production of ornamental plants
Endemische Tinea microsporica bei Beschäftigen in der industriemässigen Produktion von Zierpflanzen [in German]
Report of 33 cases of Tinea microsporica due to Microsporum gypseum in gardeners in contact with glasshouse compost. The course of the disease often differed from the known clinical picture of tinea. It was possible to detect the pathogenic agent in cultures in spite of minimal efflorescence.
Zeitschrift für die gesamte Hygiene und ihre Grenzgebiete, Jan. 1981, Vol.27, No.1, p.67-68. Illus. 8 ref.
Rogers R.E., Ferin J.
Effect of hydrogen sulfide on bacterial inactivation in the rat lung
Rats were exposed to 45ppm hydrogen sulfide (H2S) (TLV 10ppm) for 4 or 6h, and a significant reduction in the inactivation of viable staphylococci deposited in the lungs during a bacterial aerosol challenge was observed. Pre-exposure of rats to 46ppm H2S for 2h did not alter intrapulmonary staphylococcal inactivation. The impairment of the alveolar macrophage may account for this effect.
Archives of Environmental Health, Sep.-Oct. 1981, Vol.36, No.5, p.261-264. Illus. 23 ref.
Schlech W.F., Turchik J.B., Westlake R.E., Klein G.C., Band J.D., Weaver R.E.
Laboratory-acquired infection with pseudomonas pseudomallei (meliodosis)
A 33 year old male laboratory technician was infected with melioidosis as a result of handling the blood cultures of an infected Vietnam veteran in the course of his work. Isolates from a leg abcess of the laboratory worker and from sputum and blood cultures of the Vietnam veteran were pseudomonas pseudomallei.
New England Journal of Medicine, 5 Nov. 1981, Vol.305, No.19, p.1133-1135. 9 ref.
Occupational disease hazard in casual work - Case study of Weil's disease
Risque de maladie professionnelle lors des travaux occasionnels: à propos d'un cas de leptospirose ictéro-hémorragique [in French]
Case study of Weil's disease (ictero-haemorrhagic leptospirosis) contracted by a railway worker casually employed in ditch clearing along the permanent way. Considerations on diagnosis of the disease, its relation (if any) to the work, and preventive measures falling within the scope of the company's medical service.
SNCF - Informations médicales, 1981, No.131, p.23-27. 8 ref.
Brenner W., Florian H.J., Stollens E., Valentin H.
The modern practice of occupational medicine
Arbeitsmedizin aktuell [in German]
Loose-leaf folder with periodical supplements. Classification of articles: aims and institutions, work organisation, occupations and medicine, occupational health, occupational physiology, ergonomics, occupational psychology, pathology, diagnosis and treatement, medical examinations, medical prevention, occupational safety, rehabilitation, social aspects, epidemiology and documentation, legal medicine, occupational sociology, training, industry and pollution, legislation and regulations. The 1981 supplements include articles on: protection of working mothers; viral hepatitis; silico-tuberculosis; silicosis; medical emergencies at the workplace; hazards of ionising and electromagnetic radiations and fluorescent lamps; ordinance on dangerous industrial substances; the ILO International Classification of the Radiographic Appearances of Pneumoconioses; work in extreme climatic conditions; the work of poisons centres; definitions of terminology in the relevant legislation; workplace air analysis using detector tubes; medical supervision of workers at risk of falls from heights; responsibilities of plant physicians; biological threshold values; step-by-step diagnosis; periodic medical examinations.
Gustav Fischer Verlag, Wollgrasweg 49, 7000 Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Federal Republic of Germany, 1981. 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th instalments. 1005p. (complete publication). Price: DM.252.00.
Skinhøj P., Hollinger F.B., Hovind-Hougen K., Lous P.
Infectious liver diseases in three groups of Copenhagen workers: Correlation of hepatitis A infection to sewage exposure
3 groups of municipal workers, matched for age and duration of employment, and consisting of 77 sewer workers, 81 gardeners and 79 clerks were studied for clinical and serological evidence of infection with viral hepatitis types A and B and pathogenic leptospires. Antibody against hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV) was found in 80.5% sewer workers compared with 60.5% gardeners and 48.1% clerks. The anti-HAV prevalence rates correlated with age rather than duration of employment. In 11 reported cases of jaundice only 3 occurred amongst sewer workers. Hepatitis B serological markers were similar in each group. Exposure to metropolitan sewage appears to impose a limited risk of hepatitis A infection while the hepatitis B virus is not successfully transmitted by this route.
Archives of Environmental Health, May-June 1981, Vol.36, No.3, p.139-143. 20 ref.
Occupational factors in coccidioidomycosis.
Inhalation of the arthrospores of Coccidioides immitis in dusty occupations and laboratory environments can cause pulmonary coccidioidomycosis. The disease has occurred amongst agricultural workers, military personnel, workers involved in excavation and laboratory and hospital workers in the semi-arid regions of the south-western and western United States. Fomite transmission of the spores in cotton waste, and primary cutaneous coccidioidomycosis due to accidental inoculation, have also been reported. The incidence and severity of occupational coccidioidomycosis can be reduced by dust control measures and laboratory procedures.
Journal of Occupational Medicine, May 1981, Vol.23, No.5, p.367-374. 94 ref.
Hansen J.P., Falconer J.A., Hamilton J.D., Herpok F.J.
Hepatitis B in a medical center.
Over a 40-month period, there were 1,235 cases of exposure to blood product or body fluids. Of the 155 workers exposed to HBsAg-positive blood, 101 were not immune to hepatitis B. 3 of them developed clinical hepatitis, as did 24 other employees. The cumulative incidence was 106 per 100,000 employee-years.
Journal of Occupational Medicine, May 1981, Vol.23, No.5, p.338-342. Illus. 34 ref.
Andrews B.E., Major R., Palmer S.R.
Ornithosis in poultry workers.
An outbreak of ornithosis in duck workers is reported. A serological survey showed that 61% of them (compared with 23% of control workers) had chlamydia group antibody titres of ≥ 1:8. 9% of duck workers had antibody titres ≥ 1:32 and a clinical illness suggestive of ornithosis. The proportions of seropositive tests and clinical attack rates were highest in workers eviscerating ducks and lowest in farm workers.
Lancet, 21 Mar. 1981, Vol.I, No.8221, p.632-634. 8 ref.
Prevention strategies in hospital occupational medicine.
The forces discouraging the development of preventive services for hospital workers are reviewed, and the occupational hazards in the hospital environment discussed: accidents; infections; toxicological hazards; stress. A preventive programme for hospital workers must consider the population at risk and the occupational hazards to which it is exposed; identify specific risks and provide methods of monitoring them; keep accurate records; analyse data at periodic intervals to determine and revise policies. The basic elements of the programme are: the pre-placement examination; reporting and monitoring systems; health education.
Journal of Occupational Medicine, Feb. 1981, Vol.23, No.2, p.109-111. 18 ref.
Price A., Le Serve A., Parker D.
Biological hazards - The hidden threat.
This is one of a series of concise guides on hazards at the workplace addressed to shop stewards and trade union safety representatives. Contents: general remarks; how hazards enter the body (inhalation, direct contact, ingestion); biological health hazards (bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasitic worms, plant diseases); case studies (smallpox, humidifier fever, bacterial contamination of soluble oils and coolants, diseases of agricultural workers); sampling and monitoring; action on biological hazards (shop floor organisation, inspections and checklists, medical records and surveys, access to information); diseases and infections of biological origin.
Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., Nelson House, Mayfield Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 5PL, United Kingdom, 1981. 89p. Illus. Price: £1.40.
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