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Title: Respiratory and skin effects of exposure to wood dust from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis
Authors: P. Sripaiboonkij
W. Phanprasit
Maritta S. Jaakkola
University of Birmingham
Mahidol University
Oulun Yliopisto
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2009
Citation: Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Vol.66, No.7 (2009), 442-447
Abstract: Objectives: Potential health effects related to wood dust from the rubber tree, which produces natural rubber latex, have not been previously investigated. The main aim of this study was to investigate the relations of rubber tree dust exposure to respiratory and skin symptoms, asthma and lung function. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 103 workers (response rate 89%) in a rubber tree furniture factory and 76 office workers (73%) in four factories in Thailand. All participants answered a questionnaire and performed spirometry. Inhalable dust levels were measured in different work areas. Results: Factory workers showed increased risk of wheezing, nasal symptoms and asthma compared to office workers. There was a dose-dependent increase in wheeze and skin symptoms in relation to dust level. Significantly increased risks of nasal symptoms (adj OR 3.67, 95% CI 1.45 to 9.28) and asthma (8.41, 1.06 to 66.60) were detected in the low exposure category. Workers exposed to ethyl cyanoacrylate glue had significantly increased risk of cough, breathlessness and nasal symptoms. There was dose-dependent reduction in spirometric lung function with wood dust level. Conclusions: This study provides new evidence that workers exposed to wood dust from the rubber tree experience increased risk of nasal symptoms, wheeze, asthma and skin symptoms and have reduced spirometric lung function. Exposure to cyanoacrylate is related to significantly increased respiratory symptoms. Results suggest that the furniture industry using rubber tree wood should implement appropriate exposure control measures to reduce wood dust exposure and cyanoacrylate glue exposure to protect their employees.
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http://repository.li.mahidol.ac.th/dspace/handle/123456789/28029
ISSN: 14707926
13510711
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