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Document ID (ISN)75517
CIS number 00-1386
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Marcuccilli A., Perdrix A., Metras E., Costa Salute C., Gary Y., Saenz F., de Gaudemaris R.
Title Assessment of respiratory symptoms and lung function related to wood dust exposure in industrial woodworking shops
Original title Evaluation des symptômes et de la fonction respiratoire en relation avec les expositions aux poussières de bois dans les ateliers de menuiserie industrielle [in French]
Bibliographic information Aug. 1998, Vol.59, No.5, p.305-314. 36 ref.
Abstract The risks of ear-nose-throat (ENT) and respiratory complaints of workers exposed to industrial wooddust were analysed in a cross-sectional study of carpenters and controls with the same socio-economic status. Occupational risks were measured by means of an enquiry carried out by qualified social security staff plus collection of personal respirable dust samplings of < 5µm. The statistical analysis was based on odds ratio (O.R.) of ENT and respiratory complaints adjusted for atopy, age, smoking and professional activity. The analysis of the questionnaire showed significantly increased O.R. for most irritative conditions. Multivariate analysis showed the importance of occupational activities together with atopy and smoking in the development of symptoms and also confirmed that selection of personnel on the basis of such tests would not resolve all problems. As regards occupational exposure, the study shows the prevalence of high exposure levels to dust, with the problem exacerbated by exotic timbers.
Descriptors (primary) wood dust; woodworking industry; functional respiratory disorders
Descriptors (secondary) exotic woods; diseases of nose and sinuses; eye irritation; smoking; exposure evaluation; ear, nose and throat services; case-control study; dust measurement; respiratory function tests; age-linked differences; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Woodworking industry
Lumber and the woodworking industry