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Document ID (ISN)76345
CIS number 01-428
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) ┼hman M., Holmstr÷m M., Cynkier I., S÷derman E.
Title Work related impairment of nasal function in Swedish woodwork teachers
Bibliographic information Feb. 1996, Vol.53, No.2, p.112-117. 26 ref.
Abstract To study the relation between exposure and nasal function, 39 selected woodworking teachers employed full time and 32 control subjects (other school personnel) were examined at the beginning and at the end of a working week with symptom rating, nose and throat inspection, rhinomanometry, nasal mucociliary clearance test and a smell identification test. Dust and terpene concentrations were measured in all 39 schools. Compared with controls, the woodworking teachers had more nasal symptoms and worse mucociliary clearance as the week progressed, especially among those working in rooms without mechanical ventilation. A small impairment of olfactory function was also found, but their rhinomanometric values did not change significantly. Nasal symptoms correlated weakly with the percentage of respirable dust in the total dust. Dust concentrations were found to be below the Swedish threshold limit value of 2mg/m3.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; teaching; wood; diseases of nose and sinuses
Descriptors (secondary) wood dust; nose; terpenes; educational institutions; olfaction; case-control study; mucociliary function
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Woodworking industry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Teaching and educational institutions
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)