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Document ID (ISN)111592
CIS number 11-0238
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Courtice M.N., Demers P.A., Takaro T.K., Vedal S., Ahmad S.K., Siddique Z., Davies H.W.
Title Asbestos-related disease in Bangladeshi ship breakers: A pilot study
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.17, p.144-153. 40 ref.
Abstract This study examined the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases including asbestosis, work-related respiratory symptoms, and attitudes to occupational safety and health among a group of internal migrant ship breakers in Bangladesh. Data was collected on clinical and work history, respiratory symptoms, and occupational safety and health practices. Chest radiographs were rated using ILO scores by a certified reader. In the 104 male ship breakers studied, prevalence of asbestos-related disease was 12%, of which asbestosis accounted for 6%. Knowledge of asbestos and occupational safety and health measures were almost non-existent. The prevalence of asbestos-related diseases is low compared to studies in shipbuilders and repairers, but a risk underestimate could have resulted from various issued identified during study design and implementation, which are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) shipbreaking; asbestosis; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) Bangladesh; safety consciousness; chest radiography; radiographic interpretation; radiological classifications; statistical evaluation; medical examinations; migrant workers
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Shipwrecking
OSH in developing countries