Bala and Tabaku concluded airborne dusts and fumes to which the workers are occupationally exposed are the cause of their COPD.

COPD Rates High Among Eastern European Iron/Steel Workers

A new study by two Albanian researchers has found prevalence varying between 19.2 percent and 25.7 percent among workers in the metallurgical industry.

A study published in the Central European Journal of Public Health by two Albanian researchers found high rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among iron and steel and ferrochrome industry workers in eastern European developing countries. The prevalence of COPD varied between 19.2 percent and 25.7 percent among them, with severity ranging from mild to very severe, reported Silvana Bala of the University Hospital for Lung Diseases and Afrim Tabaku of the Public Health Institute, both in Tirana, Albania.

They assessed all risk factors and measured pulmonary function in 459 workers. The industry workers' relative risk of developing COPD was 2.1 times to 5.5 times that of non-industry controls in the study, the two reported. Bala and Tabaku concluded airborne dusts and fumes to which the workers are occupationally exposed are the cause of their COPD. They reported total suspended particles, particulate matter (PM10), and sulfur dioxide measurements in the workplaces where they conducted measurements exceeded threshold limit values in most cases.

The journal is published by the National Institute of Public Health in Prague, Czech Republic. To contact Bala, e-mail silvana.bala@yahoo.co.uk.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together this page with critical information to help answer your key questions about OSHA recordkeeping.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We put together a guide that’s easy to digest so you can ensure you're complying with OSHA's training standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus