|Document ID (ISN)||74338|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Radon K., Nowak D., Heinrich-Ramm R., Szadokwski D.
||Respiratory health and fluoride exposure in different parts of the modern primary aluminium industry
||Aug. 1999, Vol.72, No.5, p.297-303. Illus. 24 ref.
||A cross-sectional study was carried out on 78 potroom workers, 24 foundry workers, 45 carbon-plant workers and 56 control workers (watchmen, craftsmen, office workers, laboratory employees) of a modern aluminium plant to investigate possible acute and long-term respiratory health effects of work at different working places. The survey consisted of pre- and postshift spirometric and urinary fluoride measurements. In a multiple regression model a small but significant negative correlation was found between postshift urinary fluoride concentrations and forced vital capacity (FVC), FEV1, and peak expiratory flow (PEF). Across-shift spirometric changes were observed only in FVC among carbon-plant workers. The results suggest that lung function impairment in the modern primary aluminium industry may be only partly due to fluoride exposure and that working in aluminium carbon plants may cause acute lung function changes.
||aluminium industry; functional respiratory disorders; fluorides
||maximal expiratory flow; respiratory function tests; cross-sectional study; one-second forced expiratory volume
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Halogens and their inorganic compounds
Smelting and refining operations