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Document ID (ISN)108134
CIS number 08-588
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kaukainen A., Martikainen R., Riala R., Reijula K., Tammilehto L.
Title Work tasks, chemical exposure and respiratory health in construction painting
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.51, no.2, p.1-8. 38 ref.
Abstract This case-control study on chemical exposure and respiratory health was carried out by means of a questionnaire addressed to 1000 construction painters and 1000 carpenters in Finland, all males (response rates 60.6% and 60.4%, respectively). Multivariate logistic regression models were adjusted for age, smoking and atopy. Compared to carpentry work, outdoor painting, more than indoor painting, was associated with asthma-like symptoms (odds ratios (OR) 2.7-6.5), rhinitis (OR 2.4), asthma (OR 4.7) and chronic bronchitis (OR 2.9). Risk factors for respiratory symptoms and chronic bronchitis were the use of epoxy and urethane paints, putties and plasters, as well as the use of glues or traditional paints. Water-based paints were not a common cause of symptoms, and their use should be further encouraged.
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; painting; risk factors; construction industry; chemical products
Descriptors (secondary) epoxy resins; statistical evaluation; rhinitis; male workers; chronic bronchitis; Finland; outdoor work; symptoms; paints; asthma; solvents; putties; carpentry; plaster; questionnaire survey; case-control study; substitution; polyurethanes
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Construction industry and civil engineering
Surface treatment