|Document ID (ISN)||57504|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Tepper A., Comstock G.W., Levine M.
||A longitudinal study of pulmonary function in fire fighters
||Sep. 1991, Vol.20, No.3, p.307-316. Illus. 31 ref.
||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.
||fire fighting; exposure evaluation; respiratory impairment; spirometry; respiratory function tests
||occupational diseases; personal protective equipment; respiratory diseases; ammonia
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Fire and explosions
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)