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Abnormalities Consistent with Asbestos-Related Disease among Long-Term Demolition Workers.


PB97151757

Publication Date 1994
Personal Author Levin, S. M.
Page Count 18
Abstract An industrial hygiene study was conducted among workers who were members of Local 95, Laborers' International Union of North America in New York City. The members of this local specialize in demolition work. Invitations were extended to 355 individuals who had joined the local more than 20 years earlier. Of these, 88 chose to participate. Of the 88 who underwent chest X-ray examination, 19 (22%) exhibited changes consistent with prior asbestos (1332214) exposure. In three cases there were small, irregular opacities compatible with parenchymal fibrotic changes, while in 17 cases pleural abnormalities were noted. Of the 87 who performed pulmonary function testing, 63 were normal. Three examinees had combined obstructive restrictive abnormalities. The presence of findings on chest X-rays consistent with asbestos related scarring was associated with abnormality on pulmonary function testing. The findings showed that as a group, demolition workers have had significant exposure to asbestos.
Keywords
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Demolition industry
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Lung function
  • Epidemiology
  • Chest x rays
  • Pulmonary function
  • Asbestos fibers
  • Respiratory system disorders
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Center to Protect Worker's Rights, Washington, DC.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199714
Contract Number
  • NIOSH-CCU-306-169
Abnormalities Consistent with Asbestos-Related Disease among Long-Term Demolition Workers.
Abnormalities Consistent with Asbestos-Related Disease among Long-Term Demolition Workers.
PB97151757

  • Occupational safety and health
  • Demolition industry
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Lung function
  • Epidemiology
  • Chest x rays
  • Pulmonary function
  • Asbestos fibers
  • Respiratory system disorders
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • NIOSH-CCU-306-169
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