|Document ID (ISN)||107418|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Phakthongsuk P., Sangsupawanich P., Musigsan A., Thammakumpee G.
||Work-related respiratory symptoms among cotton-fabric sewing workers
||1st Quarter 2007, Vol.20, No.1, p.17-24. Illus. 27 ref.
||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.
||airborne dust; Philippines; cotton; hospitals; respiratory diseases; sewing; symptoms
||subjective assessment; eye irritation; ventilation; questionnaire survey; chest radiography; skin tests; spirometry; medical examinations; frequency rates; case-control study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Thailand|
||Textile and clothing industries
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
||Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)