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Document ID (ISN)44549
CIS number 85-1378
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1985
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arnold I.M.F., Dufresne R.M., Alleyne B.C., Stuart P.J.W.
Title Health implication of occupational exposures to hydrogen sulfide
Bibliographic information May 1985, Vol.27, No.5, p.373-376. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract Retrospective study of 250 Canadian workers who submitted compensation claims in Alberta between 1979-1983, following exposure to hydrogen sulfide (H2S). 54% of these workers became unconscious after exposure. Symptoms with a neurological component accounted for the largest group of clinical findings. Other major symptoms were respiratory and ophthalmologic disorders. The overall fatality rate was 2.8%, significantly lower than that reported (6%) a decade earlier. This is attributed to improved first-aid and increased awareness of the dangers of H2S. Traumatic injury as a result of a fall after exposure was noted in 31 cases.
Descriptors (primary) poisoning; Canada; petroleum and natural gas industry; health impairment; hydrogen sulfide
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiologic study; eye injuries; respiratory impairment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Petroleum and natural gas industry