Title
Work-related health symptoms among compost facility workers : a cross-sectional study
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Brussels ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Archives of public health. - Brussels
Volume/pages
70(2012) , 5 p.
ISSN
0778-7367
Article Reference
13
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Background Industrial composting is a relatively new and expanding activity. Several studies indicate that compost workers are at risk to develop health symptoms. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of work-related health symptoms among compost workers compared with control subjects. Methods A questionnaire was distributed among 62 workers (31 exposed and 31 non-exposed workers). Data were analyzed using simple and multiple logistic regression analyses. Results Workers exposed to organic dust reported significantly more often respiratory, irritation (e.g., eyes, nose and throat), gastrointestinal, and skin symptoms than the non-exposed group. Moreover, all work-related symptoms were significantly more often reported by exposed than non-exposed workers. After adjustment for smoking status and age, the associations between exposure and respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin symptoms remained statistically significant, in particular if these symptoms were work-related. Conclusions This study confirms that workers at compost facilities are at risk to develop occupational health problems, most likely related to organic dust exposure.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/3922a7/9a2ac8a1026.pdf
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