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Document ID (ISN)111707
CIS number 11-0377
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rabito F.A., Perry S., Salinas O., Hembling J., Schmidt N., Parsons P.J., Kissinger P.
Title A longitudinal assessment of occupation, respiratory symptoms, and blood lead levels among Latino day laborers in a non-agricultural setting
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.54, p.366-374. 41 ref.
Abstract The reliance on Latin American migrant day labor in the United States is increasing. Prospective data on day laborers' work and health experience in non-agriculture settings are lacking and outcomes are generally restricted to injury rates. This study was conducted to quantify the number of job and job task changes held over 12 months in a cohort of 73 migrant day laborers and assessed the relation between work type, health symptoms and blood lead level. On average, participants worked 2.4 different jobs over the past year averaging 41.5 hr per week. Construction work was associated with a twofold increase in sinonasal and respiratory symptoms in both adjusted and unadjusted models and was associated with increased blood lead levels. It is concluded that despite day labor status, workers had relatively stable employment. Respiratory symptoms were common and often improved when away from work suggesting that workplace irritant exposure is likely. Migrant day laborers working in construction are vulnerable to adverse health effects associated with irritant and lead exposure.
Descriptors (primary) USA; lead and compounds; respiratory diseases; migrant workers; terms of employment
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; occupation disease relation; symptoms; determination in blood; exposure evaluation; cohort study; statistical evaluation; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; construction industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Construction industry and civil engineering
Lead and compounds
Precarious employment