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https://read.qxmd.com/read/30767053/personal-meaning-of-work-and-perceived-work-ability-among-middle-aged-workers-with-physically-strenuous-work-a-northern-finland-birth-cohort-1966-study
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Anne Punakallio, Sirpa Lusa, Leena Ala-Mursula, Ellen Ek, Nina Nevanperä, Jouko Remes, Juha Auvinen, Jorma Seitsamo, Jaro Karppinen, Jaana Laitinen
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between personal meaning of work and perceived work ability among middle-aged workers with physically strenuous or light work. We evaluated the course of perceived work ability from 31 to 46 years and examined the possible differences in the association between personal meaning of work and perceived work ability at the age of 46 depending on physical workload. METHODS: The study population consisted of participants of the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 (n = 4420)...
February 14, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30758655/association-between-the-return-to-work-hierarchy-and-self-rated-health-self-esteem-and-self-efficacy
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Inchul Jeong, Jin-Ha Yoon, Jaehoon Roh, Jeongbae Rhie, Jong-Uk Won
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine whether change of employer and/or job upon return-to-work after work-related injuries and diseases is related to health outcomes; self-rated health, self-esteem, and self-efficacy were used as indicators. METHODS: Data from the Panel Study of Workers' Compensation Insurance in Korea were used. A total of 1,610 workers who had returned to work after work-related injuries and diseases were included. The workers were divided into four groups according to their return-to-work characteristics: same employer, same job (n = 660); same employer, different job (n = 57); different employer, same job (n = 318); and different employer, different job (n = 575)...
February 13, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30758654/joint-association-of-carrying-hla-b-13-01-gene-and-human-herpesvirus-6-with-occupational-trichloroethylene-hypersensitivity-syndrome
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Dianpeng Wang, Dafeng Lin, Peimao Li, Huimin Liu, Yanhua Yang, Zhimin Zhang, Qiuyue Kong, Yanfang Zhang, Xianqing Huang
PURPOSE: Occupational trichloroethylene hypersensitivity syndrome (OTHS) clinically manifests as generalized severe rash resembling drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome (DIHS) and afflicts predominantly HLA-B*13:01 gene carriers after their exposure to trichloroethylene. Meanwhile, OTHS may also be associated with human herpesvirus such as herpesvirus-6 (HHV6) and cytomegalovirus (HCMV) reported to participate in the pathology of DIHS. This study explored the association of carrying HHV6 and HCMV, and the joint association of carrying HLA-B*13:01 and HHV6 and HCMV with OTHS...
February 13, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30756179/consideration-of-psychosocial-factors-in-workplace-risk-assessments-findings-from-a-company-survey-in-germany
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David Beck, Uwe Lenhardt
PURPOSE: Work-related psychosocial risks are an increasingly important issue in occupational safety and health (OSH) policy. In Germany, as in many other European countries, employers are legally required to carry out workplace risk assessments (WRAs) and to account for psychosocial factors when doing this. The aim of this study was to expand the still scarce and sketchy empirical evidence on the extent to which employers comply with these obligations, as well as on possible determinants of compliance behaviour...
February 13, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30746558/need-for-recovery-and-different-types-of-early-labour-force-exit-a-prospective-cohort-study-among-older-workers
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D Stynen, N W H Jansen, J J M Slangen, A de Grip, I J Kant
PURPOSE: This study examines the relationship between need for recovery (NFR) and labour force exit (LFE) among older workers. Different types of LFE (early retirement, work disability and unemployment) are considered, and the role of potential confounding and modifying factors, including the availability of early LFE schemes, is examined. Also, associations between NFR and the intention and ability to prolong one's working life, which are known determinants of LFE, are assessed. METHODS: A subsample of older workers from the Maastricht Cohort Study was examined (n = 2312)...
February 11, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30737558/low-radon-exposures-and-lung-cancer-risk-joint-analysis-of-the-czech-french-and-beaverlodge-cohorts-of-uranium-miners
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Rachel S D Lane, Ladislav Tomášek, Lydia B Zablotska, Estelle Rage, Franco Momoli, Julian Little
It is well established that high radon exposures increase the risk of lung cancer mortality. The effects of low occupational exposures and the factors that confound and modify this risk are not clear and are needed to inform current radiation protection of miners. The risk of lung cancer mortality at low radon exposures (< 100 working-level months) was assessed in the joint cohort analysis of Czech, French, and Canadian uranium miners, employed in 1953 or later. Statistical analysis was based on linear Poisson regression modeling with grouped cohort survival data...
February 8, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30729316/common-mental-disorders-through-the-eyes-of-german-employees-attributed-relevance-of-work-related-causes-and-prevention-measures-assessed-by-a-standardised-survey
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Stephanie Burgess, Florian Junne, Eva Rothermund, Stephan Zipfel, Harald Gündel, Monika A Rieger, Martina Michaelis
PURPOSE: Common mental disorders (CMDs) are becoming increasingly relevant in the working world. Numbers of risk factors have been confirmed by mostly correlative cross-sectional studies. Comprehensive and effective prevention is urgently needed. There is little knowledge about employees' own perceptions on causes of CMDs and prevention measures. Therefore, a survey was conducted in 2016. METHODS: A standardised instrument was developed for an online survey in a commercial access panel, targeted employees in different job types...
February 7, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30706189/relationships-of-leisure-time-physical-activity-and-work-ability-between-different-occupational-physical-demands-in-adult-working-men
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Ville Päivärinne, Hannu Kautiainen, Ari Heinonen, Ilkka Kiviranta
PURPOSE: Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is known to be associated with positive health benefits, but the role of occupational physical demands remains inconsistent. The purpose of the current study was to assess the relationship between LTPA and work ability in different occupational physical activity (OPA) levels between young adult men. METHODS: We performed physical activity measurements in work and leisure time with the long version of International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and work ability with the Work Ability Index (WAI) in 921 Finnish employed male volunteer participants...
January 31, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30684000/repeated-exposure-to-high-ict-demands-at-work-and-development-of-suboptimal-self-rated-health-findings-from-a-4-year-follow-up-of-the-slosh-study
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Magdalena Stadin, Maria Nordin, Anders Broström, Linda L Magnusson Hanson, Hugo Westerlund, Eleonor I Fransson
PURPOSE: The knowledge about the association between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) demands at work and self-rated health (SRH) is insufficient. The aim of this study was to examine the association between repeated exposure to high ICT demands at work, and risk of suboptimal SRH, and to determine modifications by sex or socioeconomic position (SEP). METHODS: A prospective design was used, including repeated measurement of ICT demands at work, measured 2 years apart...
January 25, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30683999/blue-yellow-dyschromatopsia-in-toluene-exposed-workers
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Axel Muttray, Volkmar Wolters, Dirk-Matthias Rose
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of a chronic occupational exposure to toluene on color vision. METHODS: Color vision was tested in 51 workers exposed to pure toluene and in 51 matched control subjects. Current exposure was determined by biological monitoring. Blood samples were taken at the end of a Friday shift. Color vision ability was assessed using the Ishihara plates (to screen for congenital dyschromatopsia), the Farnsworth panel D-15 test, the Lanthony panel D-15 desaturated test, the Velhagen plates, and the Standard Pseudoisochromatic Plates Part 2...
January 25, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30673838/enhancing-medical-evaluations-of-sick-listed-employees-an-educational-intervention-to-improve-professional-practice-of-physicians-performing-work-ability-assessments-of-employees-on-long-term-sick-leave
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Patricia M Dekkers-Sánchez, Annette E de Wind
PURPOSE: Long-term sick leave (LTSL) is a complex phenomenon. Medical and non-medical factors can delay return-to-work (RTW); therefore, the assessment of work ability is complicated. A checklist for identifying factors associated with delayed RTW was developed in a prior study to facilitate the exploration of barriers and facilitators for RTW. The purpose of the present study was to determine if use of the checklist enhances professional practice of physicians performing work ability assessments of employees on long-term sick leave and whether the reporting of work ability assessments improved when using the checklist in the routinely practice-based context...
January 23, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30673837/the-influence-of-wind-turbine-visibility-on-the-health-of-local-residents-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Alice Freiberg, Christiane Schefter, Janice Hegewald, Andreas Seidler
PURPOSE: The health effects of visible wind turbine features on residents were investigated. Further, it was examined, if visual annoyance has an influence on residents' health, and if wind turbine visibility impacts residents' health independently of or in combination with acoustical aspects. METHODS: Medical databases, Google Scholar, public health institutions, and reference lists were searched systematically (PROSPERO registry number: CRD42016041737). Two independent reviewers screened titles/abstract and full texts, extracted data, and critically appraised the methodology of included studies...
January 23, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30671630/learning-on-the-job-the-use-of-selection-optimization-and-compensation-strategies-and-their-association-with-telomere-length-as-an-indicator-of-biological-aging
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Jeannette Weber, Rudolf Jörres, Angelika Kronseder, Andreas Müller, Matthias Weigl, Caroline Chmelar
PURPOSE: Due to the increased need for retention of older workforce caused by demographic changes in industrialized countries, support of healthy aging in occupational settings is of increasing relevance. This study examines the relationship between leucocyte telomere length (LTL), a potential biomarker for biological aging, and selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC) and learning opportunities as strategies involving efficient management and gain of resources at work. METHODS: Within a cross-sectional study, blood samples were drawn from 141 geriatric care professionals to measure LTL by quantitative real-time polymerase-chain reaction...
January 22, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30659363/cumulative-physical-workload-and-mobility-limitations-in-middle-aged-men-and-women-a-population-based-study-with-retrospective-assessment-of-workload
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Anne Møller, Minna Mänty, Lars L Andersen, Volkert Siersma, Rikke Lund, Ole Steen Mortensen
PURPOSE: To assess the association between exposure to physical workload throughout working life and risk of mobility limitations in midlife in a population-based Danish cohort. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional with a retrospective exposure assessment, and data were from a questionnaire used in the Copenhagen Aging and Biobank. Cumulative physical workload was estimated by combining information about the participants' employments and data from a job exposure matrix...
January 18, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30656403/work-related-stress-and-incident-asthma-and-rhinitis-results-from-the-solar-study
#15
Felix Forster, Tobias Weinmann, Jessica Gerlich, Wolff Schlotz, Gudrun Weinmayr, Jon Genuneit, Doris Windstetter, Christian Vogelberg, Erika von Mutius, Dennis Nowak, Katja Radon
OBJECTIVES: This study analyzes the association of work-related stress with incident asthma and rhinitis in young adults with a special focus on gender-specific differences. METHODS: Incident asthma, wheezing and rhinitis were measured in a cohort of 2051 young German adults (aged 16-18 years at baseline) recruited by the prospective population-based SOLAR study (Study of Occupational Allergy Risks). Work-related stress was measured by the Trier Inventory for the Assessment of Chronic Stress (TICS)...
January 18, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30656402/work-ability-and-work-functioning-measuring-change-in-individuals-recently-returned-to-work
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A van Schaaijk, K Nieuwenhuijsen, M H W Frings-Dresen, J K Sluiter
PURPOSE: To assess: (1) whether work ability and work-functioning instruments can detect relevant changes in their respective parameters following a return to work (RTW) and (2) what proportion of those returning to work show changes in their work ability and work functioning. METHODS: A total of 1073 workers who returned to work after at least 2 weeks of sick leave were invited to fill out three questionnaires in the first 8 weeks after RTW. These consisted of an appraisal of general, physical, and mental/emotional work ability (scores 0-10) and a work-functioning questionnaire (scores 0-100)...
January 17, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30643958/an-educational-intervention-to-improve-knowledge-about-prevention-against-occupational-asthma-and-allergies-using-targeted-maximum-likelihood-estimation
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Daloha Rodríguez-Molina, Swaantje Barth, Ronald Herrera, Constanze Rossmann, Katja Radon, Veronika Karnowski
PURPOSE: Occupational asthma and allergies are potentially preventable diseases affecting 5-15% of the working population. However, the use of preventive measures is often insufficient. The aim of this study was to estimate the average treatment effect of an educational intervention designed to improve the knowledge of preventive measures against asthma and allergies in farm apprentices from Bavaria (Southern Germany). METHODS: Farm apprentices at Bavarian farm schools were asked to complete a questionnaire evaluating their knowledge about preventive measures against occupational asthma and allergies (use of personal protective equipment, personal and workplace hygiene measures)...
January 14, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30627853/modern-life-makes-children-allergic-a-cross-sectional-study-associations-of-home-environment-and-lifestyles-with-asthma-and-allergy-among-children-in-tianjin-region-china
#18
Yuexia Sun, Jing Hou, Ying Sheng, Xiangrui Kong, Louise B Weschler, Jan Sundell
PURPOSE: In the past 60 years, the prevalences of asthma and allergy among children have increased around the world. Neither genetic nor outdoor environmental factors can explain this increase. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 7366 children in Tianjin, China, on associations of home environment and lifestyles with asthma and allergy. RESULTS: The prevalences of diagnosed asthma, rhinitis and eczema among 0- to 8-year-old children in the Tianjin area were 4%, 9% and 39%...
January 9, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30603873/mortality-by-cause-of-death-and-risk-behaviors-in-farmers-versus-non-farmers-the-importance-of-avoiding-the-healthy-worker-effect
#19
Guanlan Zhao, Elena Ronda, Lucía Cea, José Pulido, Gregorio Barrio, Enrique Regidor
OBJECTIVES: To compare mortality by cancer sites and by other specific causes of death, and the prevalence of risk behaviors in farmers and non-farmers in Spain. METHODS: Mortality by cause of death was calculated based on a longitudinal study with 10-years follow-up of 9.5 million men and 6 million women aged 20-64 years who were employed in 2001. The prevalence of risk behaviors was calculated from the 2001 National Health Survey in the 6464 employed men and 5573 employed women aged 20-64...
January 2, 2019: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30535884/cancer-mortality-in-korean-workers-occupationally-exposed-to-methanol-a-cohort-study
#20
Young-Sun Min, Hongsuk Choi, Cheol-In Yoo, Yeon-Soon Ahn
PURPOSE: Recently, the international agency for research on cancer recommended that methanol should be recognized as a medium-priority, human cancer risk. Therefore, we performed an epidemiological study to evaluate the relationship between methanol exposure and the cancer mortality of Korean workers occupationally exposed to methanol. METHODS: The study cohort was composed of methanol-exposed 25,218 male workers, data on whom were available from the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency; all participants underwent methanol-associated medical check-ups at least once between January 2000 and December 2004...
December 10, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
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