|Document ID (ISN)||78303|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
|Convention or series no.
||DMT 83 TF 94
||Bohadana A.B., Massin N., Wild P., Toamain J.P., Engel S., Goutet P.
||Respiratory symptoms, bronchial reactivity and occupational exposure to oak and beech dust
||Symptômes respiratoires, réactivité bronchique et exposition professionnelle aux poussières de chêne et de hêtre [in French]|
||3rd Quarter 2000, No.83, p.241-248. 33 ref.
||The objective of the study was to investigate the relationship between levels of cumulative exposure to wood dust on one hand, and respiratory symptoms and onset of bronchial hyperreactivity (BHR) among oak and beech wood workers on the other. 114 men working in furniture manufacture exposed to wood dust were selected to participate in the study, together with 14 non-exposed controls and 200 "historical" controls, for whom data from earlier studies were available. Dust concentrations were measured in working air by personal sampling. Lung functions and bronchial hyperreactivity were tested, and medical history data were collected by means of a questionnaire. Results show what exposure levels are generally high, largely exceeding the average exposure limits of 1mg/m3 applied in France and proposed by the ACGIH. Among subjects exposed to oak and beech dust, the prevalence of laryngeal irritation and metacholine BHR increase rapidly with cumulative exposure.
||wood dust; hardwoods; furniture industry; inhalation tests; asthma
||threshold limit values; personal sampling; France; questionnaire survey; allergic reactivity; allergy tests; respiratory function tests; job-exposure relation; medical examinations; case-control study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||France|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Lumber and the woodworking industry