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Document ID (ISN)105197
CIS number 06-664
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Medina-Ramˇn M., Zock J.P., Kogevinas M., Sunyer J., Torralba Y., Borrell A., Burgos F., Antˇ J.M.
Title Asthma, chronic bronchitis, and exposure to irritant agents in occupational domestic cleaning: A nested case-control study
Bibliographic information Sep. 2005, Vol.62, No.9, p.598-606. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract This case-control investigated the relationship between common tasks and products used in domestic cleaning and respiratory morbidity. Subjects included 160 cleaning women with symptoms of asthma and/or chronic bronchitis and 386 without a history of respiratory symptoms. Data on exposures and symptoms were obtained by interview. Lung function, methacholine challenge and serum IgE testing were performed and personal exposure measurements of airborne chlorine and ammonia were performed in a subsample. Results indicated that workers with respiratory symptoms used bleach more frequently than controls. Other independent associations included accidental inhalation of vapours and gases from cleaning agents and washing dishes. It was concluded that asthma symptoms in domestic cleaners are related to the regular use of bleach and possibly other irritant products.
Descriptors (primary) irritants; chronic bronchitis; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; asthma; cleaning agents
Descriptors (secondary) chlorine; Spain; ammonia; determination in air; case-control study; women; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Domestic workers
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)