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Document ID (ISN)107144
CIS number 07-1121
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Akkurt İ., Önal B., Demir A.U., Tüzün D., Sabır H., Ulusoy L., Karadağ K.Ö., Ersoy N., Çöplü L.
Title Respiratory health in Turkish asbestos cement workers: The role of environmental exposure
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.49, p.609-616.27 ref.
Abstract A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate the respiratory health effects of occupational asbestos exposure and the contribution of environmental asbestos exposure. Investigations included asbestos dust measurements in the workplace and application of an interviewer-administered questionnaire, a chest X-ray and spirometry. Information on birthplace of the workers was obtained in 406 workers and used to identify environmental exposure to asbestos, through a map of geographic locations with known asbestos levels. Asbestos dust concentration in the ambient air of the work sites (fibre/mL) ranged between 0.2 and 0.76. Environmental exposure to asbestos was determined in 24.4% of the workers. After adjustment for age, smoking, occupational asbestos exposure and potential risk factors, environmental asbestos exposure was associated with small irregular opacities grade ≥1/0 and decreased pulmonary function. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos cement; asbestos; exposure evaluation; pulmonary function; respirable dust
Descriptors (secondary) fibre counts; Turkey; maximal expiratory flow; one-second forced expiratory volume; opacities; environmental pollution; determination in air; chest radiography; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTurkey
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Cement and concrete