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Document ID (ISN)112139
CIS number 11-0794
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fishwick D., Harris-Roberts J., Robinson E., Evans G., Barraclough R., Sen D., Curran A.D.
Title Impact of worker education on respiratory symptoms and sensitization in bakeries
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.61. p.321-327. 20 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the development of work-related sensitization, the period between first exposure and the development of symptoms (latent period) and the impact of workplace training programmes on respiratory health in plant bakers. Two hundred and sixty-four bakers were investigated by assessing work-related respiratory symptoms and latent period before symptoms/sensitization, spirometry and testing for an array of workplace-specific IgE. There was a significant relationship between the presence of work-related respiratory symptoms and flour dust allergen-specific IgE. Latent periods varied widely, and were shorter for workers with evidence of flour sensitization. Those warned of the health implications of flour dust had less work-related wheeze. There was an excess of work-related symptoms and work-related-specific IgE combined in those who had not been warned of these health implications. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) allergies; sensitization; respiratory diseases; information of personnel; limitation of exposure; safe working methods; bakery products industry
Descriptors (secondary) flour; allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; immunoglobulins; spirometry; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Food industry