Previous studies of grain elevator workers have shown exposure-related increased rates for respiratory symptoms and reduced levels of lung function compared with those of other employed populations.
However, some reports have suggested that this effect may be reversible after cessation of exposure.
To investigate this, we conducted a respiratory health survey among 75 retired grain elevator workers and 37 retired civic workers.
Methods included a standard respiratory questionnaire, routine spirometry, chest radiography, a 6-min walk test, and a specialized questionnaire to assess the impact of breathing trouble on the activities of daily life.
Grain retirees were slightly older than civic retirees (69 versus 67 yr, p<0.05) and less likely to be atopic (7 versus 35%, p<0.01).
Mots-clés Pascal : Appareil respiratoire, Exploration, Exposition professionnelle, Homme, Etude comparative, Volume pulmonaire, Travailleur, Retraite, Graine, Céréale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Respiratory system, Exploration, Occupational exposure, Human, Comparative study, Lung volume, Worker, Retirement, Seeds, Cereal
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0616106
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 09/06/1995.