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Document ID (ISN)72914
CIS number 99-820
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Megret R., Schulte A., Gebler A., Breitstadt R., Kulzer R., Berndt E.D., Baur X., Schultze-Werninghaus G
Title Outcome of occupational asthma due to platinum salts after transferral to low-exposure areas
Bibliographic information Jan. 1999, Vol.72, No.1, p.33-39. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract A cross-sectional study of 83 workers with diagnosed occupational asthma (OA) due to platinum (Pt) salts was carried out in 2 platinum refineries and 2 catalyst production plants. In all, 9 workers continued to be exposed at the time of examination, 16 had been transferred to other workplaces within the production building, 39 had been transferred to areas outside the building but inside the plant, and 19 had left the plant. A clear-cut exposure-effect relationship existed concerning sensitization. For the majority of subjects with OA due to Pt salts transfer to low exposure areas as defined in this study may not be associated with a more unfavorable outcome as compared with complete removal from exposure sources after a period of about 4 years. Topics: asthma; cross-sectional study; immunoglobulins; job-exposure relation; platinum and compounds; sensitization; skin tests; smelting plants; transfer to other work.
Descriptors (primary) asthma; transfer to other work; platinum and compounds; smelting plants; job-exposure relation
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; platinum; sensitization; skin tests; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Smelting and refining operations
Inorganic substances