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Document ID (ISN)111682
CIS number 11-0396
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Greven F.E., Rooyackers J.M., Kerstjens H.A., Heederik D.J.
Title Respiratory symptoms in firefighters
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.54, p.350-355. 28 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors associated with respiratory symptoms among firefighters in the Netherlands. A total of 1330 firefighters from the municipal fire brigades of three provinces of the Netherlands were administered a Dutch version of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey questionnaire. General respiratory symptoms were associated with the number of fires fought in the last 12 months with odds ratios between 1.2 and 1.4 per 25 fires. A strong association was found between an inhalation incident and present respiratory symptoms with odds ratios between 1.7 and 3.0. Adjustments for smoking, sex, atopy and age did not change any of the associations. It is recommended that firefighters be made aware of these elevated healthcare risks associated with exposure to fire smoke and where possible supplied with self-contained respirators.
Descriptors (primary) Netherlands; symptoms; respiratory diseases; fire fighting; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) penetration into smoke; subject variability; questionnaire survey; supplied air respirators; limitation of exposure; supply of personal protective equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)