Analyses of the 1990 chest health survey of china clay workers

E M Rundle, E T Sugar, C J Ogle
1993 Occupational and Environmental Medicine  
During 1990 all present and retired china clay workers in the United Kingdom were invited to take part in a chest health survey. A total of 4401 china clay workers participated representing over 70% of current employees and 17% of pensioners. The survey consisted of a chest x ray film, lung function measurements, and a questionnaire on respiratory symptoms and smoking habits. The chest x ray films were read by three readers to the International Labour Office (ILO) 1980 classification. Full
more » ... ls of occupational history for each participant were available and for each employee an estimate of total exposure to china clay dust was derived from representative dust concentrations for each location and job. These were based on measured dust concentrations after 1978 and on estimates before 1978. Analyses of the data were carried out to investigate the relations between exposure, x ray film category, lung function, and respiratory symptoms. The percentage of people with small opacities greater than major x ray film category 1 was 0-8% (lower than in previous studies). Dust concentrations have been reduced in recent years, averaging 1-7 mg m-3 for dryers in 1990 compared with 913
doi:10.1136/oem.50.10.913 fatcat:3fjq5jmaynhbhjioyropjkuqfa