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Document ID (ISN)25553
CIS number 76-1457
ISSN - Serial title 0398-7620 - Revue d'épidémiologie et de santé publique
Year 1976
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rufener-Press C., Bahy M., Voinier B., Rey P.
Title Chronic bronchitis and risk factors among Geneva street cleaners
Original title Bronchite chronique et facteurs de risque chez les employés de la voirie à Genève. [in French]
Bibliographic information Mar.-Apr. 1976, Vol.24, No.2, p.141-150. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Questionnaire survey and measurement of peak expiratory flow among 429 employees (mainly street cleaners) of the City of Geneva sanitation department. Risk factors studied: age; smoking habits; previous history of broncho-pulmonary disease; occupational exposure. Results obtained: prevalence of chronic bronchitis is almost 3 times higher among street cleaners (13%) than among the active population in general (5%). Smoking alone plays an important role in the onset and aggrevation of chronic respiratory symptoms, whereas exposure to weather conditions and air pollution is apparently not enough by itself to cause an increase in the prevalence of chronic respiratory symptoms among the sample populations surveyed. The authors draw the conclusion that the prevalence of chronic bronchitis among street cleaners is due to a combination of 3 risk factors: cigarette smoking; previous history of chest disease; occupational exposure to inclement weather and air pollution.
Descriptors (primary) chronic bronchitis; refuse collection
Descriptors (secondary) Switzerland; smoking; comparative study; questionnaire survey; work during bad weather
Document type -
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)