ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)107418
CIS number 07-1305
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Phakthongsuk P., Sangsupawanich P., Musigsan A., Thammakumpee G.
Title Work-related respiratory symptoms among cotton-fabric sewing workers
Bibliographic information 1st Quarter 2007, Vol.20, No.1, p.17-24. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract Workers employed in the sewing unit of a 700-bed hospital in the Philippines complained of cough, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. The aim of this case-control study was to assess the prevalence of respiratory symptoms among the sewing workers and dust concentration in the workplace. The study involved 22 sewing workers and 22 housekeepers as controls. All the participants responded to the respiratory symptoms questionnaire and underwent spirometric measurements, skin prick tests, chest radiography and methacholine inhalation tests. The sewing workers reported more phlegm, chest tightness and eye irritation than controls. Neither clinical investigations nor respiratory function provided evidence for a significant difference between the sewing workers and the control group. Although the total and respiratory dust concentrations were within normal limits, ventilation improvements were implemented to decrease dust concentrations.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; Philippines; cotton; hospitals; respiratory diseases; sewing; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; eye irritation; ventilation; questionnaire survey; chest radiography; skin tests; spirometry; medical examinations; frequency rates; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceThailand
Subject(s) Textile and clothing industries
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services