|Document ID (ISN)||104963|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Bang B., et al.
||Exposure and airway effects of seafood industry workers in Northern Norway
||May 2005, Vol.47, No.5, p.482-492. 30 ref.
||This study examined airway symptoms and exposure to bioaerosols and exhaust gases in seafood industry plants in Northern Norway. It involved personal and environmental exposure measurements in 17 plants, analysis of 984 questionnaire responses and clinical examinations of 225 workers. The workers were found to be exposed to allergens, endotoxins, moulds and exhaust gases. The one-year prevalence of work-related airway symptoms was 42.8% for production workers and 25.9% for administrative workers. Mean levels of one-second forced expiratory volume and forced vital capacity were less than the predicted values in all exposed non-smoker groups. 20.5 % had increased levels of total IgE. However, specific IgE-mediated reactions seemed to be relevant only in the shrimp industry.
||allergens; Norway; food industry; microorganisms; respiratory diseases; fish
||personal sampling; immunoglobulins; moulds; bacterial toxins; determination in air; exhaust gases; pulmonary function; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; symptoms
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Norway|
||Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)