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Document ID (ISN)104963
CIS number 06-389
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bang B., et al.
Title Exposure and airway effects of seafood industry workers in Northern Norway
Bibliographic information May 2005, Vol.47, No.5, p.482-492. 30 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; Norway; food industry; microorganisms; respiratory diseases; fish
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; immunoglobulins; moulds; bacterial toxins; determination in air; exhaust gases; pulmonary function; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Food industry
Animal hazards