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Document ID (ISN)57504
CIS number 92-118
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tepper A., Comstock G.W., Levine M.
Title A longitudinal study of pulmonary function in fire fighters
Bibliographic information Sep. 1991, Vol.20, No.3, p.307-316. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract Pulmonary function changes among fire fighters were evaluated by re-examining 632 Baltimore city fire fighters 6 to 10 years after a baseline examination. Spirometry was used to determine forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1). Information about exposures was obtained by questionnaire and by combining data from fire department records regarding the number of fires fought by fire fighting units with individual work histories. Men who never wore a mask while extinguishing fires experienced a 1.7 times greater rate of FEV1 decline than mask wearers. Men with ammonia exposure experienced a rate of decline 1.7 times greater than non-exposed men. Neither length of time spent in exposed jobs nor number of responses were associated with the rate of decline. Active fire fighters experienced a rate of decline 2.5 times greater than those who had retired or resigned.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; exposure evaluation; respiratory impairment; spirometry; respiratory function tests
Descriptors (secondary) occupational diseases; personal protective equipment; respiratory diseases; ammonia
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Exposure evaluation