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Document ID (ISN)73498
CIS number 99-1578
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tunnicliffe W.S., O'Hickey S.P., Fletcher T.J., Miles J.F., Burge P.S., Ayres J.G.
Title Pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms in a population of airport workers
Bibliographic information Feb. 1999, Vol.56, No.2, p.118-123. 19 ref.
Abstract A cross-sectional survey of a sample of employees of Birmingham International Airport, United Kingdom, was carried out by questionnaire and on-site measurement of lung function, skin prick tests, and exhaled carbon monoxide concentrations. Occupational exposure was assigned by job title; between group comparisons were made by logistic regression analysis. The findings support an association between high occupational exposures to aviation fuel or jet stream exhaust and excess upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms, in keeping with a respiratory irritant, in male airport workers. It is more likely that these effects reflect exposure to exhaust rather than to fuel, although the effects of an unmeasured agent cannot be discounted. Topics: airports; allergic respiratory disorders; carbon monoxide; cross-sectional study; determination in exhaled air; exhaust gases; fuels; pulmonary function; respiratory diseases; skin tests; symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; fuels; pulmonary function; exhaust gases; airports
Descriptors (secondary) carbon monoxide; symptoms; allergic respiratory disorders; skin tests; determination in exhaled air; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)