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Document ID (ISN)73009
CIS number 99-1009
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Godnic-Cvar J., Zuskin E., Mustajbegovic J., Schachter E.N., Kanceljak B., Macan J., Ilic Z., Ebling Z.
Title Respiratory and immunological findings in brewery workers
Bibliographic information Jan. 1999, Vol.35, No.1, p.68-75. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract Occupational exposure of 97 brewery workers to organic dust such as hops, barley, and brewery yeast and their respiratory function and immunological status were studied. There was a significantly higher prevalence of most chronic respiratory symptoms in brewery workers compared to controls, although occupational asthma was recorded in only 2 of the brewery workers. Smoking was the major factor responsible for the high prevalence of chronic respiratory symptoms. A large number of brewery workers complained of acute symptoms that developed during the work shift. Lung function was decreased compared to predicted, suggesting the importance of workplace exposure in explaining lung function abnormalities. Significantly higher prevalence of positive skin prick tests were recorded in 37 brewery workers for moulds, hops, and barley than in controls. The data suggest that both smoking and dust exposure in the brewery industry may be responsible for the development of respiratory impairment and immunological reactions. Topics: allergens; breweries; case-control study; grain dust; immunology; organic dust; respirable dust; respiratory diseases; smoking; ventilatory capacity; yeast.
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; respirable dust; breweries; immunology; organic dust
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; yeast; case-control study; grain dust; ventilatory capacity; smoking
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustria; Croatia; USA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Beverage industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)