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saberi H, motallebi M, zamani badi H, hannani M. Assessment of occupational respiratory complaints and spirometric indices in cleaner workers in kashan medical university 2016. tkj 2018; 10 (2) :42-50
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Occupational respiratory complaints and spirometric indices in cleaning workers in Kashan medical university in 2016
Saberi HR1(MD), motalebi M, zamani badi H 3(MSc)
hannani M4(MSc)
1,2,4 Social Determinants of Health Research Center” and “Occupational Health Department, Medicine Faculty”, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
3 MSc Student of Health, Safety and Environment Management, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
Introduction: Cleaning operators make up a considerable part of workers in the worldwide and they perform their services as activities in home, industry, hospitals and so on. Studies showed that detergents contain a mixture of chemicals that many of them may affect workers’ health during respiratory exposure. So this study investigated the effects of these materials on respiratory system of a group of cleaners.
Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 120 cleaning operators in Kashan University of Medical Sciences. Data were collected using Persian version of Saint George Respiratory questionnaire. Spirometery was performed for all participants. Performing and interpretation of the spirometry was done using ATS criteria. Data were analyzed by SPSS 15 and using Chi square test and T test.
Results: Results showed that between 80 cleaners who met inclusion criteria, 36.3% (29 individuals) suffered from respiratory symptoms in the workplace. The frequency of respiratory symptoms was as following: Shortness of breath 22/5% (n = 18), cough 18/8% (n = 15), sputum 6/3% (n = 5), and wheezing 2/5% (n= 2)The most common spirometric pattern was normal and probably normal (79/7%)Contact with detergents increased the risk of respiratory symptoms (3.71 fold). Spirometric pattern was not significantly related to the exposure to detergents.
Conclusion: The results showed that one third of patients suffered from respiratory symptoms, so it is recommended that in assessment of the respiratory system of employers, respiratory complaints and symptoms and signs be considered.
Key words: Cleaners, Spirometeric Indices, Respiratory Symptoms
This paper should be cited as:
Saberi HR, motalebi M , zamani badi H, hannani M.Occupational respiratory complaints and spirometric indices in cleaning workers in Kashan medical university in 2016. Occupational Medicine Quarterly Journal 2018; 10(2): 42-50


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Received:2017.11.16                                           Accepted:2018.09.26
Type of Study: Research | Subject: occupational medicine
Received: 2017/11/16 | Published: 2018/11/15

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