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Document ID (ISN)110317
CIS number 09-1323
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lee J.A., Thorne P.S., Reynolds S.J., O'Shaughnessy P.T.
Title Monitoring risks in association with exposure levels among wastewater treatment plant workers
Bibliographic information Nov. 2007, Vol.49, No.11, p.1235-1248. Illus. 57 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between exposure to hydrogen sulfide and endotoxins, and health symptoms among wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) workers. The exposure levels for specific tasks were measured by personal monitoring. Data on health symptoms were collected by means of questionnaires. Higher risks of respiratory, ocular and skin irritation, neurological and gastrointestinal symptoms were found among WWTP workers compared with unexposed workers. Tasks related to sludge handling and plant inspection showed statistically significant associations with memory and concentration difficulties, throat irritation and stomach pain.
Descriptors (primary) hydrogen sulfide; bacterial toxins; symptoms; sewage treatment; exposure evaluation; risk factors; inspection; maintenance
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; personal sampling; subjective assessment; irritation; respiratory diseases; determination in air; concentration ability; sludge; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation; gastrointestinal diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Labour inspection
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Inorganic substances
Exposure evaluation