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Document ID (ISN)107584
CIS number 08-71
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Massin N., Hecht G., Ambroise D., HÚry M., Toamain J.P., Hubert G., Dorotte M., Bianchi B.
Title Respiratory symptoms and bronchial responsiveness among cleaning and disinfecting workers in the food industry
Bibliographic information Feb. 2007, Vol.64, No.2, p.75-81. 21 ref.
Abstract The objectives of this case-control study were to measure the levels of exposure to nitrogen trichloride (NCl3) and aldehydes among cleaning and disinfecting workers of food industry plants and to examine how they relate to irritant and chronic respiratory symptoms. A total of 175 exposed workers recruited from 17 enterprises of the food industry (16 slaughterhouses and one catering firm) and 70 non-exposed workers were examined. Concentration levels of NCl3 and aldhehydes were measured by personal sampling. Symptoms were assessed by means of a questionnaire and a methacholine bronchial challenge test. A statistically-significant concentration-response relationship was found between eye, nasal and throat symptoms of irritation and exposure levels or exposure duration. However, no relation was found between exposure and chronic respiratory symptoms or bronchial hyperresponsiveness.
Descriptors (primary) cleaning agents; respiratory diseases; food industry; cooking; disinfectants; slaughtering
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; allergic reactivity; nose; eye irritation; France; aldehydes; methacholine; nitrogen trifluoride; symptoms; cleaning; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; case-control study; breathing atmosphere; allergy tests; respiratory function tests; dose-response relationship; statistical evaluation; determination in air; personal sampling
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)