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Document ID (ISN)102713
CIS number 03-1874
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2771-3
Year 2003
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 171
Author(s) Colvin A.P.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Human factors in decompression sickness in compressed air workers in the United Kingdom 1986-2000: A case-control study and analysis using the HSE Decompression Database
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2003. vi, 65p. 104 ref. Price: GBP 15.00.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr171.pdf [in English]
Abstract This report presents the findings of a case-control study of hyperbaric chamber workers in the United Kingdom in which subjects with repetitive decompression sickness (DCS) were matched to two control groups. An analysis of the decompression database of the Health and Safety Executive was undertaken to examine the relative contribution of those workers with repetitive DCS to the overall number of DCS episodes during the study period. Results show that 4% of the workforce in the decompression database suffered 50% of the episodes requiring therapeutic recompression. This study did not find any differences in the personal characteristics of compressed air workers with multiple, single or zero episodes of DCS according to the type of work contract, occupation or exposure.
Descriptors (primary) hyperbaric pressure; individual susceptibility; diving; decompression sickness
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; United Kingdom; report; frequency rates; case-control study; computerized data bases; recompression
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hyperbaric pressure