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Document ID (ISN)104992
CIS number 06-390
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Varughese S., Teschke K., Brauer M., Chow Y., van Netten C., Kennedy S.M.
Title Effects of theatrical smokes and fogs on respiratory health in the entertainment industry
Bibliographic information May 2005, Vol.47, No.5, p.411-418. 26 ref.
Abstract Theatrical fogs are widely used in the entertainment industry. In this study, personal fog exposures, lung function and acute and chronic symptoms were measured among 101 employees at 19 sites using fogs. Chronic work-related wheezing and chest tightness were significantly associated with increased cumulative exposure to theatrical fogs over the previous two years. Acute cough and dry throat were associated with acute exposure to glycol-based fogs, while increased acute upper airway symptoms were associated with overall increased theatrical fog exposure. Lung function was significantly lower among those working closest to the fog source. It is concluded that mineral oil and glycol-based fogs are associated with acute and chronic adverse effects on respiratory health among employees. Reducing exposure through controls, substitution and elimination where possible is likely to reduce these effects.
Descriptors (primary) entertainment services; respiratory diseases; pulmonary function; mists; aerosols
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; aliphatic diols; mineral oils; determination in air; exposure evaluation; cross-sectional study; substitution; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)