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Document ID (ISN)104546
CIS number 06-199
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kennedy S.M., Copes R., Bartlett K.H., Brauer M.
Title Point-of-sale glass bottle recycling: Indoor airborne exposures and symptoms among employees
Bibliographic information July 2004, Vol.61, No.7, p.628-635. 23 ref.
Abstract Airborne exposures and both chronic and acute respiratory and somatic symptoms were surveyed among 226 employees at 36 randomly selected liquor stores with bottle recycling and in-house glass breaking. Rates of chronic symptoms were compared to an external, unexposed control population. Exposure levels were estimated for inhalable particulate matter (0.18 mg/m3), endotoxin (3.6 EU/m3) and viable fungi (1064 CFU/m3). Fungal levels were associated with visibly mouldy bottles being broken, outdoor fungal counts and uncovered glass bins. Compared to controls, employees reported more work related chest tightness and chronic nasal symptoms. Acute chest symptoms were associated with breaking visibly mouldy bottles, but not with measured fungal counts; inhalable particulate matter levels >0.2 mg/m3 were associated with acute upper airway irritation. Results suggest that this type of recycling programme may generate fungal exposures sufficient to elicit upper airway and chest symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) glass; fungi; recycling of materials; respirable dust; shops; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; determination in air; bacterial toxins; moulds
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Retail industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)