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Document ID (ISN)104369
CIS number 05-560
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Michaelis S.
Title A survey of health symptoms in BALPA Boeing 757 pilots
Bibliographic information June 2003, Vol.19, No.3, p.253-261. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract A questionnaire on health symptoms was sent to 600 members of the British Airline Pilots Association, of whom 106 responded. The study focused on the effects of air contaminants in the aircraft. With regard to leaks of engine oil and hydraulic fluids into the aircraft, 93 reported that they had been involved in at least one such incident. The total number reported was 1,674, with all but seven occurring on one type of aircraft. Following exposure to the contaminated air, high rates of symptoms were reported including: irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; headaches, light-headedness and dizziness; fatigue, weakness and a decrease in performance; a general increase in feeling unwell; concentration difficulties and confusion; diarrhoea; nausea, vomiting and gastrointestinal problems; numbness (head, limbs, lips, fingers); short-term memory impairment; joint pain/muscle weakness.
Descriptors (primary) oil mist; work in confined spaces; health hazards; air transport; aircraft
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; irritation; work efficiency; migraine; leakage; work capacity; lubricating oils; fatigue; questionnaire survey; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Confined spaces