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Document ID (ISN)74338
CIS number 00-179
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Radon K., Nowak D., Heinrich-Ramm R., Szadokwski D.
Title Respiratory health and fluoride exposure in different parts of the modern primary aluminium industry
Bibliographic information Aug. 1999, Vol.72, No.5, p.297-303. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) aluminium industry; functional respiratory disorders; fluorides
Descriptors (secondary) maximal expiratory flow; respiratory function tests; cross-sectional study; one-second forced expiratory volume
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Halogens and their inorganic compounds
Smelting and refining operations
Inorganic substances