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Document ID (ISN)104962
CIS number 06-444
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Droste J., Vermeire P., Van Sprundel M., Bulat P., Braeckman L., Myny K., Vanhoorne M.
Title Occupational exposure among bakery workers: Impact on the occurrence of work-related symptoms as compared with allergy characteristics
Bibliographic information May 2005, Vol.47, No.5, p.458-465. 32 ref.
Abstract This study examined the relationship between exposure to occupational allergens, sensitization, atopy and work-related symptoms among bakery workers. Data were collected by questionnaire, skin prick tests, lung function tests, and exposure measurements among 246 workers from 74 bakeries and analysed using logistic and linear regression analyses. It was found that exposure levels were associated with respiratory symptoms, with sensitization to baker's allergens and with decreased lung function. High exposure and sensitization to common and bakers' allergens were independent risk factors for work-related symptoms. However, allergy determinants performed best in predicting work-related symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) bakery products industry; allergies; risk factors; respirable dust; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; amylase; symptoms; pulmonary function; sensitization; questionnaire survey; skin tests; individual susceptibility; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium; Yugoslavia
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Food industry