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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE   JULY 2016 , Volume 7 , Number 3; Page(s) 148 To 155.
 
Paper: 

RESPIRATORY MORBIDITY AMONG INDIAN TEA INDUSTRY WORKERS

 
DOI: 

10.15171/ijoem.2016.761

 
Author(s):  MOITRA SUBHABRATA*, THAPA P., DAS P., DAS J., DEBNATH S., SINGH M., DATTA A., SEN S., MOITRA S.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF RESPIRATORY MEDICINE AND ALLERGOLOGY, FACULTY OF CLINICAL SCIENCES, LUND UNIVERSITY, ROOM NO: D1233D, BMC, KLINIKGATAN 30, LUND-22184, SWEDEN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Indian tea industry workers are exposed to various exposures at their workplace.
Objective: To investigate the respiratory health of Indian tea industry workers.
Methods: We administered a respiratory questionnaire to and measured lung function in workers of 34 tea gardens and 46 tea factories. We used correlation matrices to test the association between their respiratory symptoms and lung functions.
Results: The garden workers complained of shortness of breath 3 times higher than the factory workers. However, nasal allergy was more predominant among the factory workers compared to garden workers (69.6% vs 41.2%, p=0.02). The factory workers had higher total (median 107.3% vs 92.9%, p=0.05, as measured by R at 5 Hz) and peripheral airway resistance (143.8% vs 61.1%, p=0.005, as measured by R at 5–20 Hz) than the garden workers. Respiratory symptoms were inversely associated with airway obstruction as measured by the ratio between forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) and positively correlated with increased overall airway reactance among the workers. Conclusion: Respiratory symptoms and increased allergen susceptibility of Indian tea industry workers due to occupational exposures warrant routine systematic surveillance of their workplace air quality and health monitoring.

 
Keyword(s): MORBIDITY, EPIDEMIOLOGY, OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE, SPIROMETRY, TEA, INDUSTRY, MANPOWER, IMPULSE OSCILLOMETRY
 
 
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MOITRA, S., & THAPA, P., & DAS, P., & DEBNATH, S., & SINGH, M., & DATTA, A., & SEN, S., & MOITRA, S., & DAS, J. (2016). RESPIRATORY MORBIDITY AMONG INDIAN TEA INDUSTRY WORKERS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, 7(3), 148-155. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=507174



Vancouver: Copy

MOITRA SUBHABRATA, THAPA P., DAS P., DEBNATH S., SINGH M., DATTA A., SEN S., MOITRA S., DAS J.. RESPIRATORY MORBIDITY AMONG INDIAN TEA INDUSTRY WORKERS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE. 2016 [cited 2021May15];7(3):148-155. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=507174



IEEE: Copy

MOITRA, S., THAPA, P., DAS, P., DEBNATH, S., SINGH, M., DATTA, A., SEN, S., MOITRA, S., DAS, J., 2016. RESPIRATORY MORBIDITY AMONG INDIAN TEA INDUSTRY WORKERS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, [online] 7(3), pp.148-155. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=507174.



 
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