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Document ID (ISN)103154
CIS number 04-158
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Abbate C., Giorgianni C., Brecciaroli R., Tringali M.A., D'Arrigo G.
Title Spirometric function in non-smoking workers exposed to aluminium
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.44, No.4, p.400-404. 33 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) aluminium; pulmonary function; shipyards
Descriptors (secondary) 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
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Shipbuliding and ship repair
Inorganic substances