IJCRR - 5(4), February, 2013
EFFECT OF DURATION OF EXPOSURE TO SILICA DUST ON LUNG FUNCTION IMPAIRMENT IN STONE CRUSHER WORKERS OF MARATHWADA REGION
Author: Sachin B Rathod, Smita R. Sorte
Silicosis is one of the oldest occupational disease. It kills thousands of people every year all over the world. It is an irreversible fibrotic process without cure and so best treatment is prevention. Prevalence of silicosis in India differs according to amount of silica in dust and time interval of exposure. Due to lack of data from Marathwada region of Maharashtra, we aimed this study to know effect of duration of exposure to silica dust in stone crusher workers. A cross-sectional type of observational study was conducted. Pulmonary function tests were recorded in 120 male stone crusher workers. Intergroup statistical analysis amongst the workers depending on duration of exposure was carried out by Analysis of Variance (ANNOVA). We found that pulmonary function test bears relationship with duration of exposure, as the duration of exposure increases the pulmonary function tests goes on decreasing.
Keywords: Pulmonary function test, stone crusher workers, silica, lung function test, silicosis, duration of exposure
Sachin B Rathod, Smita R. Sorte. EFFECT OF DURATION OF EXPOSURE TO SILICA DUST ON LUNG FUNCTION IMPAIRMENT IN STONE CRUSHER WORKERS OF MARATHWADA REGION International Journal of Current Research and Review. 5(4), February, 121-125
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