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Dust exposure and impairment of lung function at a small iron foundry in a rapidly developing country.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Occupational and environmental medicine
Publication Date
Volume
58
Issue
10
Pages
656–662
Identifiers
PMID: 11555687
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Exposure to respirable dust was higher among the iron foundry workers; and among these, general, furnace, rolling mill, and fabrication workers had higher exposures to dust than did workers in continuous casting, the mechanical workshop, and the bottling plant. Job type and exposure to dust were significant predictors of lung function. Implementation of industrial hygiene and proper and efficient use of personal protection equipment while at work could help to protect the respiratory health of industrial workers.

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