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Exposure to bioaerosols, respiratory health, and lung-specific proteins: a prospective study in garbage and wastewater workers


Tschopp, Alois; Bernard, A; Thommen, A M; Jeggli, S; Dumont, X; Oppliger, A; Hotz, Philipp (2011). Exposure to bioaerosols, respiratory health, and lung-specific proteins: a prospective study in garbage and wastewater workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 68(11):856-859.

Abstract

Objectives: To prospectively assess respiratory health in wastewater workers and garbage collectors over 5 years.

Methods: Exposure, respiratory symptoms and conditions, spirometry and lung-specific proteins were assessed yearly in a cohort of 304 controls, 247 wastewater workers and 52 garbage collectors. Results were analysed with random coefficient models and linear regression taking into account several potential confounders.

Results: Symptoms, spirometry and lung-specific proteins were not affected by occupational exposure.

Conclusions: In this population no effects of occupational exposure to bioaerosols were found, probably because of good working conditions.

Abstract

Objectives: To prospectively assess respiratory health in wastewater workers and garbage collectors over 5 years.

Methods: Exposure, respiratory symptoms and conditions, spirometry and lung-specific proteins were assessed yearly in a cohort of 304 controls, 247 wastewater workers and 52 garbage collectors. Results were analysed with random coefficient models and linear regression taking into account several potential confounders.

Results: Symptoms, spirometry and lung-specific proteins were not affected by occupational exposure.

Conclusions: In this population no effects of occupational exposure to bioaerosols were found, probably because of good working conditions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:10 Oct 2011 15:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:02
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1351-0711
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/oem.2010.060178

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