|Document ID (ISN)||103154|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Abbate C., Giorgianni C., Brecciaroli R., Tringali M.A., D'Arrigo G.
||Spirometric function in non-smoking workers exposed to aluminium
||Oct. 2003, Vol.44, No.4, p.400-404. 33 ref.
||04-0158.pdf [in English]
||This study examined the relationship between occupational exposure to aluminium and respiratory function. A group of 50 male shipyard workers who were exposed to aluminium underwent medical examinations, standard chest X-rays and spirometry. The data were compared with those of a group of controls, all with blood aluminium levels below 7.5ng/mL. Statistical analysis was performed on the various spirometric parameters. Environmental aluminium levels were also measured at the various workstations. The subjects presented average blood aluminium levels of 32.64▒8.69ng/mL. Environmental monitoring displayed aluminium levels higher than TLV TWA for all the workstations studied. None of the subjects displayed significant pathological conditions. Statistical comparison of the spirometric parameters showed a decrease in the examined values in exposed workers directly proportional to the blood aluminium level. It is concluded that aluminium affects the respiratory function and that limit values should be reassessed.
||aluminium; pulmonary function; shipyards
||threshold limit values; case-control study; breathing atmosphere; respiratory function tests; spirometry; chest radiography; determination in air; determination in blood; medical examinations; exposure tests; statistical evaluation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Italy|
||Metal production and metalworking
|Broad subject area(s)
||Shipbuliding and ship repair