Asbestos-associated lung effects in car mechanics

K Marcus, B G Jarvholm, S Larsson
1987 Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health  
MD3 MARCUS K, JARVHOLM BG, LARSSON S. Asbestos-asso ciated lung effects in car mechanic s. Scand J Work Environ Health 13 (1987) 252-254. In a study of the possible impact of asbestos exposur e on car mechanics, 925 car mechanics and 109 referents (office workers in car-r epair firms) were examin ed. They took part in a health screening in [1977][1978][1979][1980][1981]. Th e forced expiratory vo lumes in I s and the forced vital capacities of the car mechanics were close to the predicted
more » ... the predicted values and did not dif fer from the findin gs of the referent s. Pleural plaque s were found in 41 of the mechani cs but in none of the referents. Only minor changes were detected in the chest radiographs ie, 1/ 1 or less according to the ILO-U /C classification. It is concluded that asbestos exposure can genera lly cause pleural plaqu es in car mechanics but no substantial impairment of lung function .
doi:10.5271/sjweh.2055 fatcat:6q4m5h4qprdsvpl3otpjhle45e