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Document ID (ISN)108790
CIS number 08-1429
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hagberg M., Burstr÷m L., Lundstr÷m R., Nilsson T.
Title Incidence of Raynaud's phenomenon in relation to hand-arm vibration exposure among male workers at an engineering plant: A cohort study
Bibliographic information June 2008, Vol.3, No.13, p.1-6. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the incidence of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) in relation to hand-arm vibration exposure in a cohort consisting of male office and manual workers. The baseline population consisted of 94 office and 147 manual workers at an engineering plant. RP was assessed at baseline and at follow up (at 5, 10 and 15 years). The retrospective and prospective incidence rates of RP were 16 and 14 respectively per 1000 exposure years among exposed workers, and 2.4 and 5.0 respectively per 1000 years among unexposed workers. Other findings are discussed. It is concluded that the EU directive on an action value for hand-arm vibration of 2.5m/s2 is not too low; rather, they suggest that employers should take on actions even at exposure values of 1m/s2.
Descriptors (primary) machinery industry; risk factors; Raynaud's phenomenon; hand-arm vibration
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; Sweden; European Union; limitation of exposure; permissible levels; comment on directive; case-control study; cohort study; long-term study; medical examinations; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Metalworking industry