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Document ID (ISN)109309
CIS number 09-348
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ross J.A.S., Macdiarmid J.I., Osman L.M., Watt S.J., Godden D.J., Lawson A.
Title Health status of professional divers and offshore oil industry workers
Bibliographic information June 2007, Vol.57, No.4, p.254-261. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract The aims of this study were to compare the health status of United Kingdom professional divers and age-matched non-divers and to contrast offshore divers (OSDs) with non-offshore divers (NOSDs). A postal survey was sent to 2958 male professional divers, registered with the HSE before 1991 and to 2708 men who had worked in the offshore oil industry in 1990-92 (non-divers). The questionnaire addressed lifestyle, occupation and health status. Altogether 56% of divers and 51% of non-divers responded. Three percent of the participants reported ill-health retirement or being off-work on sickness benefits, with no differences between groups. Divers were less likely to report asthma or hypertension. Health-related quality of life was within normal limits for both groups but the mental health component was higher in divers who were also less likely to be receiving medical treatment. Divers were more likely than non-divers to report forgetfulness or loss of concentration and impaired hearing. There was increased symptom reporting in OSDs. However, there was no evidence to suggest any major impact on long-term health of divers who had started their career before 1991.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; offshore oil extraction; diving
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; comparative study; case-control study; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom; USA
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry