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Document ID (ISN)77635
CIS number 01-1761
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Washko R.M., Day B., Parker J.E., Castellan R.M., Kreiss K.
Title Epidemiologic investigation of respiratory morbidity at a nylon flock plant
Bibliographic information Dec. 2000, Vol.38, No.6, p.628-638. 27 ref.
Abstract A cluster of biopsy-confirmed interstitial lung disease among workers at a nylon flock plant led to a request for a health hazard evaluation, involving a cross-sectional medical survey of current employees. The survey consisted of a questionnaire, spirometry and diffusing capacity testing, and chest radiography. Workers assigned to production and maintenance jobs reported frequent eye and throat irritation, respiratory symptoms and generalized aches and fevers. Most reported improvement when away from work. Frequent respiratory systemic symptom prevalence was significantly associated with departmental category, with days and hours worked per week, and with working on a flocking range. The findings implicate occupational exposure to flock-associated dust as a significant respiratory health hazard at this plant.
Descriptors (primary) synthetic fibre industry; polyamides; health hazards; respiratory diseases; short-fibred dust; morbidity
Descriptors (secondary) eye irritation; hazard evaluation; cross-sectional study; biopsy; chest radiography; length of exposure; medical supervision; respiratory impairment; spirometry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)