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Document ID (ISN)112431
CIS number 12-0177
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Guest M., D'Este C., Attia J., Boggess M., Brown A., Tavener M., Gibson R., Gardner I., Harrex W., Ross J.
Title Impairment of color vision in aircraft maintenance workers
Bibliographic information Oct. 2011, Vol.84, No.7, p.723-733. Illus. 50 ref.
Internet access Impairment_of_color_vision_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine possible persisting effects to colour vision in a group from the Royal Australian Air Force who had exposure to formulations containing neurotoxins during fighter aircraft fuel tank maintenance, relative to two contemporaneous comparison groups. Colour vision was tested in 512 exposed personnel, 458 technical-trade comparisons, and 330 non-technical comparisons. Regression models were used to examine whether there was an association between colour vision deficiencies and fuel tank maintenance, adjusting for possible confounders. Logistic regression demonstrated statistically significant differences in the colour confusion index in the exposed group versus the technical group (odds ratio 1.7) and a blue-yellow confusion in the exposed group versus the technical group (odds ratio 1.4). No differences were observed between the exposed group and the non-technical group. Possible implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; colour vision deficiency; colour vision; aircraft repair and maintenance; defence services; neurotoxic effects; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) solvents; vision tests; questionnaire survey; case-control study; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Diseases of the nervous system
Diseases of the eye and vision damage