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Respiratory effects of work in retail food stores. III. Pulmonary function findings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3616549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Findings are reported from a prospective morbidity study which examined the effects on pulmonary function associated with the particulate and gaseous air contaminants to which retail food store workers are exposed. A total of 685 supermarket employees (including meat wrappers, meat cutters and store clerks) performed standard ventilatory function tests [forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1.0) and forced vital capacity (FVC)] during a base-line survey. Those available four years later (305) were resurveyed in a similar manner. A suggestive chronic effect on pulmonary function was shown in those with high cumulative exposures and allergic history. Among those workers who had continuous exposure to air contaminants in settings with "hot-wire" plastic wrap film cutters the annual rates of change in FEV1.0 and FVC were twice as great as the changes found among comparable workers who were not exposed to fumes from wrapping film. Those who switched from the "hot-wire" to the "cool-rod" cutters during the course of the follow-up had intermediate rates of change in lung function.
D H Wegman; E A Eisen; T J Smith; I A Greaves; L J Fine
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0355-3140     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Publication Date:  1987 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-09-03     Completed Date:  1987-09-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7511540     Medline TA:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Country:  FINLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  213-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects*
Follow-Up Studies
Food Handling*
Occupational Diseases / etiology*,  physiopathology
Polyvinyl Chloride / adverse effects
Prospective Studies
Respiration Disorders / etiology*,  physiopathology
Respiratory Function Tests
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants, Occupational; 9002-86-2/Polyvinyl Chloride

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