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Industrial Exposure and Respiratory Symptoms Among Textile Workers in a Developing Country
Forced vital capacity was measured by peak expiratory fow rate instrument among 210 subjects. The personal history, the occupational history, and the state of health were also determined using a questionnaire and checklists. The subjects who had a considerably low peak expiratory fow rate (< 290 liters/min), and had symptoms of chronic respiratory illness, underwent examination. A statistically significant low peak expiratory fow rate was identifed among 52.9 percent of workers. Among them, 42.9 percent had symptoms of cough with or without phlegm; 5.7 percent had a history of chronic bronchitis and/or asthma, and 4.3 percent experienced chest tightness or breathlessness. This study showed a high degree (p < .001) of respiratory-related ill-ness symptoms present among the workers in the blow/card rooms and the workers in the spinning section. Irrespective of variation of age as well as work pattern, non-smokers were less likely to be affected. Whether workers were occupationally exposed to other incidences was also investigated . The results of these investigations are presented and the fndings discussed in light of other studies carried among similar occupational groups.