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Document ID (ISN)104797
CIS number 06-357
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Flodin U., J÷nsson P.
Title Non-sensitizing air pollution at workplaces and adult onset asthma
Bibliographic information Jan. 2004, Vol.77, No.1, p.17-22. 32 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate whether occupational exposure to non-sensitizing air pollution at workplaces increases the risk of adult onset asthma. 120 persons with asthma diagnosed by general practitioners were compared with 446 referents matched for age and gender and living in the same community as the cases. Information on occupation, exposure to specific allergens, smoking habits, dwellings and atopy was obtained from a postal questionnaire. It was found that three years or more of work in air-polluted workplaces resulted in an increased odds ratio of 1.7 for asthma. Working in buildings affected by dampness and mould brought a fourfold risk. It is concluded that occupational exposure to unspecific air pollution at workplaces is associated with an increased risk of adult-onset asthma.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; atmospheric pollution; workplaces; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) airborne dust; case-control study; hazard evaluation; moulds
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Environmental pollution
Air pollution