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Document ID (ISN)106936
CIS number 07-884
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jones A.Y.M., Lam P.K.W., Dean E.
Title Respiratory health of bus drivers in Hong Kong
Bibliographic information May 2006, Vol.79, No.5, p.414-418. 23 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the lung function and respiratory symptoms of Hong Kong bus and tram drivers exposed to air pollutants. Demographic information, pulmonary function, respiratory symptoms and blood lead levels in 358 male drivers of air-conditioned buses (ACB) were compared with 129 male drivers of non-air-conditioned buses (NACB). Particulate matter, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide levels were measured in 16 air-conditioned and 15 non-air-conditioned trams along the same route. Findings are discussed. Overall, the lung function of NACB drivers was poorer than that of ACB drivers, probably due to prolonged exposure to air pollutants. However, the higher blood lead levels in ACB drivers could be the result of air recirculation.
Descriptors (primary) Hong Kong; respiratory diseases; public transport; buses; pulmonary function; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) diesel engines; carbon monoxide; carbon dioxide; lead; symptoms; determination in blood; exhaust gases; air conditioning; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; determination in air; tramways
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceHong Kong
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)