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Chotiphan, C.; Auttanate, N.; Maruo, S.J.; Näyhä, S.; Jussila, K.; Rissanen, S.; Sripaiboonkij, P.; Ikäheimo, T.M.; Jaakkola, J.J.K.; Phanprasit, W. (2020) Prevalence of cold-related symptoms among Thai chicken meat industry workers : association with workplace temperature and thermal insulation of clothing, Industrial Health 58 (5), pp. 460-466, https://doi.org/10.2486/indhealth.2019-0214

Prevalence of cold-related symptoms among Thai chicken meat industry workers : association with workplace temperature and thermal insulation of clothing

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Author: Chotiphan, Chotirot1; Auttanate, Nipaporn1; Maruo, Suchinda Jarupat1;
Organizations: 1Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand
2Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research, University of Oulu, Finland
3Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
4School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Woodview House, University College Dublin, Ireland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.4 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202102023501
Language: English
Published: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-02
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Abstract

This study determined the association of cold-related symptoms with workplace temperature and thermal insulation of clothing among Thai chicken industry workers. Three hundred workers were interviewed regarding cold-related symptoms, which were regressed on worksite temperature and protective clothing. In total, 80% of workers reported respiratory symptoms; 23%, cardiac symptoms; 62%, circulation disturbances; 42%, thirst; 56%, drying of the mouth; and 82%, degradation of their performance. When adjusted for personal characteristics, respiratory symptoms were 1.1‒2.2 times more prevalent at −22‒10°C than at 10‒23°C. At −22‒10°C, cardiac symptoms increased by 45%, chest pain by 91%, peripheral circulation disturbances by 25%, and drying of the mouth by 57%. Wearing protective clothing with at least 1.1 clo units was associated with marked reductions in symptom prevalence. Therefore, temperatures lower than 10°C increased prevalence of cold-related symptoms, which are largely preventable by appropriate clothing use.

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Series: Industrial health
ISSN: 0019-8366
ISSN-E: 1880-8026
ISSN-L: 0019-8366
Volume: 58
Issue: 5
Pages: 460 - 466
DOI: 10.2486/indhealth.2019-0214
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.2486/indhealth.2019-0214
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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