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COPD in construction and trade workers

A study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among 7,579 current and former workers participating in medical screening programs at Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons facilities through September 2008 was undertaken. The age-standardized prevalence ratio of COPD among DOE workers compared to all NHANES III data was 1.3.  Statistically significant associations were observed for COPD and exposures to asbestos, silica, welding, cement dusts, and some tasks associated with exposures to paints, solvents, and removal of paints.

Airways obstruction among older construction and trade workers at Department Of Energy nuclear sites
John M. Dement, PhD, CIH, Laura Welch, MD, Knut Ringen, PH, MHA, MPH, Eula Bingham, PhD, Patricia Quinn, BA
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, published online 18 Dec 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

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