Tunnel workers’ lungs at risk from dust

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first_imgLong-term exposure to dust increases the decline in lung function sufferedby tunnel workers, research has found. Researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Health in Oslo,Norway, studied tunnel workers between 1991 and 1999. The workers also answered a questionnaire on respiratory symptoms andsmoking habits and underwent spirometry and chest X-rays. Researchers found that cumulative exposures to respirable dust and quartzwere the most important risk factors in limiting airflow in underground heavyconstruction workers. Cumulative exposure to respirable dust was the most important risk factorfor the development of respiratory symptoms, it found. “The finding of accelerated decline in lung function in tunnel workerssuggests that better control of exposures is needed,” the study, publishedin the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, concluded. Occup Environ Med 2001; 58: 663-669 Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Tunnel workers’ lungs at risk from dustOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more