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Document ID (ISN)76657
CIS number 01-833
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nijem K., Kristensen P., Al-Khatib A., Rabbá J., Takrori F., Bjertness E.
Title Prevalence of self-reported health complaints among shoe workers of small workshop exposed to organic solvents in Hebron City, West Bank: A cross-sectional survey
Bibliographic information May-June 2000, Vol.91, No.3, p.206-216. 29 ref.
Abstract To estimate the prevalence of neurological disorders and mucous membrane irritation complaints among workers of shoe workshops, a group of 103 male workers from 30 workshops in Hebron City, exposed to organic solvents for more than one year were studied in 1996-1997. Data on neurological and mucous irritation symptoms were obtained by questionnaire. The overall prevalence of painful tingling of limbs was high (40%) and was significantly associated with long term exposure to organic solvents in gluing tasks (PR 2.8). Breathing difficulty showed a moderate non-significant association with long term exposure in cleaning tasks (PR 1.9), while sore eyes also, showed a moderate, non-significant association with exposure to organic solvents for 25-72 months in the gluing tasks. Long term exposure to n-hexane could be the main cause of polyneuropathy, possibly made worse by the absence of effective ventilation systems and personal protective equipment.
Descriptors (primary) small enterprises; respiratory diseases; shoemakers; neurological effects; shoe industry; organic solvents
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; eye irritation; mucous membrane diseases; polyneuritis; frequency rates; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; personal protective equipment; long-term exposure; ventilation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway; Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Footwear, leather and fur industry
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)