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Respiratory protection: associated factors and effectiveness of respirator use among underground coal miners.
Am J Ind Med. 2002 Jul; 42(1):55-62.AJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

We investigated factors associated with the use of respiratory protection and explored the effectiveness of respirators among coal miners.

METHODS

Between 1987 and 1992, respiratory symptoms, smoking, lung function, and dust exposures were assessed longitudinally among 185 underground bituminous coal miners. Self-reported use of respiratory protection was expressed as mean percent time wearing a respirator.

RESULTS

Miners' respirator use increased with mean dust concentration, but decreased with tobacco consumption. Increasing age was associated with greater respirator use. Miners who had respiratory symptoms at the initial survey subsequently reported greater use of respirators. A significant protective association was found between the miners' respirator use and FEV(1) levels at both the initial and follow-up surveys.

CONCLUSIONS

These results provide additional evidence that respirator use is protective of lung health. When respiratory protection programs are developed, factors that may affect respirator use behavior, such as age, smoking, and respiratory symptoms, should be considered. Future studies of respiratory health will need to consider workers' use of respiratory protection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12111691

Citation

Li, Hongfei, et al. "Respiratory Protection: Associated Factors and Effectiveness of Respirator Use Among Underground Coal Miners." American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. 42, no. 1, 2002, pp. 55-62.
Li H, Wang ML, Seixas N, et al. Respiratory protection: associated factors and effectiveness of respirator use among underground coal miners. Am J Ind Med. 2002;42(1):55-62.
Li, H., Wang, M. L., Seixas, N., Ducatman, A., & Petsonk, E. L. (2002). Respiratory protection: associated factors and effectiveness of respirator use among underground coal miners. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 42(1), 55-62.
Li H, et al. Respiratory Protection: Associated Factors and Effectiveness of Respirator Use Among Underground Coal Miners. Am J Ind Med. 2002;42(1):55-62. PubMed PMID: 12111691.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Respiratory protection: associated factors and effectiveness of respirator use among underground coal miners. AU - Li,Hongfei, AU - Wang,Mei-Lin, AU - Seixas,Noah, AU - Ducatman,Alan, AU - Petsonk,Edward Lee, PY - 2002/7/12/pubmed PY - 2002/9/13/medline PY - 2002/7/12/entrez SP - 55 EP - 62 JF - American journal of industrial medicine JO - Am. J. Ind. Med. VL - 42 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: We investigated factors associated with the use of respiratory protection and explored the effectiveness of respirators among coal miners. METHODS: Between 1987 and 1992, respiratory symptoms, smoking, lung function, and dust exposures were assessed longitudinally among 185 underground bituminous coal miners. Self-reported use of respiratory protection was expressed as mean percent time wearing a respirator. RESULTS: Miners' respirator use increased with mean dust concentration, but decreased with tobacco consumption. Increasing age was associated with greater respirator use. Miners who had respiratory symptoms at the initial survey subsequently reported greater use of respirators. A significant protective association was found between the miners' respirator use and FEV(1) levels at both the initial and follow-up surveys. CONCLUSIONS: These results provide additional evidence that respirator use is protective of lung health. When respiratory protection programs are developed, factors that may affect respirator use behavior, such as age, smoking, and respiratory symptoms, should be considered. Future studies of respiratory health will need to consider workers' use of respiratory protection. SN - 0271-3586 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12111691/Respiratory_protection:_associated_factors_and_effectiveness_of_respirator_use_among_underground_coal_miners_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.10079 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -