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Document ID (ISN)104675
CIS number 06-94
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ballal S.G., Ahmed H.O., Ali B.A., Albar A.A., Alhasan A.Y.
Title Pulmonary effects of occupational exposure to Portland cement: A study from eastern Saudi Arabia
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2004, Vol.10, No.3, p.272-277. 18 ref.
Internet access http://www.ijoeh.com/pfds/1003_Ballal.pdf [in English]
Abstract A cross-sectional study was conducted among employees in a randomly-selected factory producing Portland cement in eastern Saudi Arabia to determine the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and diseases and chest x-ray changes consistent with pneumoconiosis. A sample of 150 exposed and 355 unexposed employees was selected. A questionnaire on respiratory symptoms was completed during an interview and chest X-rays were read according to the ILO criteria for pneumoconiosis. Dust level was determined by the gravimetric method. Concentrations of personal respirable dust ranged from 2.13mg/m3 in the kilns to 59.52mg/m3 in the quarry area. Cough and phlegm were found to be related to cigarette smoking, while wheezing, shortness of breath and bronchial asthma were related to dust levels. It is recommended that engineering measures be adopted to reduce the dust level in this company, together with health monitoring of exposed employees.
Descriptors (primary) cement industry; respirable dust; respiratory diseases; Saudi Arabia
Descriptors (secondary) smoking; expectoration; asthma; chest radiography; cross-sectional study; determination in air; frequency rates; cement pneumoconiosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSaudi Arabia
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cement and concrete
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)