Assessment of a chemical pollutant on worker's health in a vehicle manufacturing factory

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Background And Aims
Occupational diseases impose considerable burden on public health, wherein chemical pollutants in working places play an important role. One of chemical pollutants in vehicle's lock & key assembly factories is cyanoacrylate used in" loctite glue", which is assumed harmful to worker's eyes, respiratory tract and skin. This study investigates the side effects of loctite adhesive on worker's health.
Methods
Across sectional study was conducted on all of workers of the vehicle's lock & key assembly factory (100 workers). A health check list was completed for demographic characteristics, and physical examination for all of workers and then all data were analysed using statistical tests.
Results
Mean age of workers was 30± 8. In physical exam, the most common dermatologic disease was dermatitis (prevalence: 25%), in pulmonary exam the most common sign was airway hyper-responsiveness, which presented as cough and dispnea (prevalence: 10%) and there was a significant relationship between worker's eye itching & burning, airway hyper-responsiveness and loctite adhesive exposure (P<0.01).
Conclusion
Eye itching & burning and airway hyper-responsiveness are side effects of loctite glue. In this study we observed a relationship between the glue and disorders, hence due to the influence of this chemical material on worker's health. Results indicated that a health promotion plan and relevant interventions should be designed to reduce exposure to loctite adhesive.
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Persian
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Iran Occupational Health, Volume:5 Issue: 3, 2008
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5
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