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Document ID (ISN)111905
CIS number 11-0511
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Athanasiou M., Makrynos G., Dounias G.
Title Respiratory health of municipal solid waste workers
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.60, p.618-623. 24 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the respiratory health of municipal solid waste workers (MSWWs). One hundred and eighty-four municipal employees of a locality in Greece (104 MSWWs and 80 controls) participated in a cross-sectional study. All participants were asked to fill in a slightly modified version of the Medical Research Council questionnaire. Lung function was evaluated by spirometry. Spirometry revealed reduced mean forced vital capacity (FVC) and one-second forced expiratory volume (as a percentage of predicted values) in MSWWs compared with controls. After adjustment for smoking status, only the decline in FVC was statistically significant. Prevalence of all respiratory symptoms was higher in MSWWs than in controls. After adjustment for confounding factors, the difference reached statistical significance for morning cough, cough on exertion and sore throat.
Descriptors (primary) Greece; state of health; respiratory diseases; waste disposal; garbage collectors
Descriptors (secondary) one-second forced expiratory volume; maximal expiratory flow; spirometry; questionnaire survey; case-control study; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)