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Document ID (ISN)78057
CIS number 02-229
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Douwes J., McLean D., Slater T., Pearce N.
Title Asthma and other respiratory symptoms in New Zealand pine processing sawmill workers
Bibliographic information June 2001, Vol.39, No.6, p.608-615. 30 ref.
Abstract To study respiratory symptoms in pine sawmill workers, a respiratory health questionnaire was administered to 772 subjects and the association between symptoms and job-title-based exposure was studied. Asthma in exposed workers (18%) was more common than in the general population (12.1%, adjusted OR=1.6). Asthma was also more common in the low exposure group (15.6%) and high exposure groups (high exposure to "green dust", 20.4%, and high exposure to "dry dust", 18.8%), than in the non-exposed workers (9.2%). Adjusted odds ratios were 1.9, 2.7 and 2.1, respectively. Adjusted odds ratios for symptoms of cough were 2.7 for the low, 5.2 for the high "green dust" and 3.3 for the high "dry dust" exposure groups. Moreover, eye and nose irritations were significantly more prevalent in the exposure groups.
Descriptors (primary) New Zealand; sawmilling industry; respiratory diseases; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) irritation; frequency rates; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands; New Zealand
Subject(s) Forestry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Woodworking industry
Lumber and the woodworking industry