|Document ID (ISN)||111366|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Jaakkola M.S., Sripaiboonkij P., Jaakkola J.J.K.
||Effects of occupational exposures and smoking on lung function in tile factory workers
||2011, Vol. 84, p.151-158. Illus. 36 ref.
||The aims of this study were to investigate the relationship between occupational exposures in tile industry and lung function, and to evaluate potential interaction between smoking and tile dust exposure containing silica. A cross-sectional study of 232 workers (response rate 100%) in a tile factory and 76 office workers (response rate 73%) from four factories in Thailand was conducted in 2006-2007. Participants answered a questionnaire and performed spirometry. This study provides evidence that long-term exposure to dust in tile industry is related to lung function reduction. There was a suggestion of synergistic effect between dust exposure and smoking. Tile factories should consider measures to reduce dust exposure and arrange spirometry surveillance for workers with such exposure. Smoking cessation should be promoted to prevent harmful effects of occupational tile dust exposure.
||airborne dust; smoking; exposure evaluation; pottery industry
||Thailand; silica; spirometry; questionnaire survey; synergism
||D - Periodical articles
||Materials, glass and ceramics
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)