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Document ID (ISN)112556
CIS number 12-0208
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le mÚdecin du travail
Year 2011
Convention or series no. TR 52
Author(s) Rosenberg N.
Title Occupational respiratory diseases among cleaning workers
Original title Affections respiratoires professionnelles chez les personnels de nettoyage [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2011, No.128, p.683-694. Illus. 29 ref.
Internet access Affections_respiratoires_professionnelles_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in French]
Abstract Cleaning of premises involves a particularly high risk of rhinitis, asthma and asthma-like syndromes and concerns a large number of workers. Respiratory allergens that are present in the dust dispersed into air during cleaning activities may be responsible, as are the wide variety of cleaning agents which may by irritating (ammonia, Javel water, strong acids) and/or sensitizing (isothiazolinones, aldehydes, quaternary ammonium salts, aliphatic amines, surfactants and terpene derivatives). This article on respiratory allergies among cleaners also addresses the following topics: diagnosis; immunological tests; recognition of these diseases as being of occupational nature in France; prevention; limitation of exposure; substitution.
Descriptors (primary) occupational medicine; irritants; allergens; cleaning agents; asthma; allergic rhinitis; housekeeping and restaurant services workers; domestic and related helpers, cleaners
Descriptors (secondary) sensitization; diagnosis; allergy tests; substitution; limitation of exposure; compensation of occupational diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Toxic and dangerous substances
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Cleaning work
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)