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https://read.qxmd.com/read/30719320/second-hand-smoke-exposure-in-workplace-by-job-status-and-occupations
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Hyunhee Park, Sung-Il Cho, Changhun Lee
Background: The objective of this study is to evaluate the risk of exposure to second hand smoke (SHS) during working hours by job status and occupation. Methods: Using the 4th Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS), 49,674 respondents who answered the question about SHS were studied. A chi-square test was carried out to determine whether there is a significant different in SHS exposure frequency by general and occupational characteristics and experience of discrimination at work and logistic regression analysis was carried out to identify the risk level of SHS exposure by variables...
2019: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30705759/relationship-between-personal-care-products-usage-and-triclosan-exposure-the-second-korean-national-environmental-health-survey-konehs-2012-2014
#2
Minkyu Park, Seyoung Kim, Yeji Kim, Do Jin Nam, Jae-Hong Ryoo, Sinye Lim
Background: We aimed to find the exposure level of triclosan (TCS), a known endocrine disruptor, related to the use of personal care products using a nationally representative data of the general population in Korea. Methods: This study included data of 6288 adults aged 19 years and older (2692 men, 3596 women), based on the Second Korean National Environmental Health Survey (KoNEHS 2012-2014). The data were divided according to gender. The frequency and proportion of each variable were determined by dividing participants into two groups based on the top 75th percentile concentration of urinary TCS (male: 1...
2019: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30675364/evaluation-of-the-prevalence-of-musculoskeletal-symptoms-presumptive-diagnosis-medical-care-use-and-sick-leave-among-female-school-meal-service-workers
#3
Young Hoon Moon, Young Joon Yang, Sang Yoon Do, Jae Yoon Kim, Chul Gab Lee, Hong Jae Chae, Soo Hyeon Kim, Han Soo Song
Background: Most of the school meal service workers in Korea are middle-aged individuals. They have high workload, which increases their incidence of musculoskeletal disorders. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors of subjective musculoskeletal symptoms, presumptive diagnosis, medical care use, and sick leave among female school meal workers. Methods: We analyzed the results of musculoskeletal disease screening of 1581 female school meal workers...
2019: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30564370/the-association-between-shift-work-and-chronic-kidney-disease-in-manual-labor-workers-using-data-from-the-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-knhanes-2011-2014
#4
Jun Young Uhm, Hyoung-Ryoul Kim, Gu Hyeok Kang, Young Gon Choi, Tae Hwi Park, Soo Young Kim, Seong Sil Chang, Won Oh Choo
Objective: Kidneys are organs having a biological clock, and it is well known that the disruption of the circadian rhythm increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), including the decline of renal and proteinuria. Because shift work causes circadian disruption, it can directly or indirectly affect the incidence of chronic kidney disease. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the association between shift work and chronic kidney disease using a Korean representative survey dataset...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30559967/correction-to-the-effect-of-a-blue-enriched-white-light-on-salivary-antioxidant-capacity-and-melatonin-among-night-shift-workers-a-field-study
#5
Reza Kazemi, Rasoul Hemmatjo, Hamidreza Mokarami
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2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30524733/the-association-between-long-working-hours-and-work-related-musculoskeletal-symptoms-of-korean-wage-workers-data-from-the-fourth-korean-working-conditions-survey-a-cross-sectional-study
#6
Jae-Gwang Lee, Guang Hwi Kim, Sung Won Jung, Sang Woo Kim, June-Hee Lee, Kyung-Jae Lee
Background: It has been reported that long working hours are hazardous to the workers' health. Especially, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) have been considered as one of the significant health issues in workplace. The objective of this study was to identify the association between long working hours and work-related musculoskeletal symptoms. Methods: The analysis was conducted using data from the Fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS). Subjects of this study were 24,783 wage workers and divided into three groups according to the weekly working hours, which were ≤ 40, 41-52 and > 52 h...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30479778/changes-of-hemodynamic-and-cerebral-oxygenation-after-exercise-in-normobaric-and-hypobaric-hypoxia-associations-with-acute-mountain-sickness
#7
Tobias Kammerer, Valentina Faihs, Nikolai Hulde, Andreas Bayer, Max Hübner, Florian Brettner, Walter Karlen, Julia Maria Kröpfl, Markus Rehm, Christina Spengler, Simon Thomas Schäfer
Objective: Normobaric (NH) and hypobaric hypoxia (HH) are associated with acute mountain sickness (AMS) and cognitive dysfunction. Only few variables, like heart-rate-variability, are correlated with AMS. However, prediction of AMS remains difficult. We therefore designed an expedition-study with healthy volunteers in NH/HH to investigate additional non-invasive hemodynamic variables associated with AMS. Methods: Eleven healthy subjects were examined in NH (FiO2 13...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30479777/ovarian-cancer-in-a-former-asbestos-textile-factory-worker-a-case-report
#8
Sunwook Park, Jaechan Park, Eunsoo Lee, Huisu Eom, Mu Young Shin, Jungwon Kim, Dongmug Kang, Sanggil Lee
Background: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) defined that asbestos is a group 1 substance that causes lung cancer, mesothelioma (pleura and peritoneum), laryngeal cancer, and ovarian cancer in humans. Many studies on lung cancer, and mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure have been conducted, but there was no case report of ovarian cancer due to asbestos exposure in Korea. We describe a case of ovarian cancer caused by asbestos exposure in a worker who worked at an asbestos textile factory for 3 years and 7 months in the late 1970s...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30410771/occupational-cancer-claims-in-korea-from-2010-to-2016
#9
Kyungjoon Lee, Sujin Lee, Jeehee Min, Inah Kim
Background: Research on carcinogens causing occupational cancer has been updated. Further, social interest in occupational cancer has increased. In addition, the standard for recognizing cancer as a work-related disease has also been revised. The present study aims to describe the distribution of occupational cancer claims or its approval rate and their association with work-related variables. Methods: We analyzed 1299 claim cases for occupational cancer from 2010 to 2016 provided by the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL)...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30386628/factors-related-with-quality-on-sleep-of-daytime-workers
#10
Bu-Il Kim, Seong-Yong Yoon, Jin-Seok Kim, Kuck-Hyeun Woo, Seong-Yong Cho, Ho Lee, Jong-Min An
Background: This study was conducted to identify the sleep status of daytime workers who do not work in shifts. This study analyzed factors affecting sleep duration and sleep quality. Methods: This study was conducted on 1171 daytime workers at a manufacturing workshop. We used a self-administered questionnaire to investigate demographic variables, work type, working period, musculoskeletal symptoms and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index to assess sleep. Regular health checkup was conducted for the worker's clinical examination...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30364417/relationship-between-job-stress-and-functional-dyspepsia-in-display-manufacturing-sector-workers-a-cross-sectional-study
#11
Younghyeon Nam, Soon-Chan Kwon, Yong-Jin Lee, Eun-Chul Jang, Seung-Hwan Ahn
Background: Job stress has been reported as a risk factor of psychological changes, which have been shown to be related to gastrointestinal diseases and symptoms such as functional dyspepsia. However, few studies have assessed the relationship between job stress and functional dyspepsia. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between job stress and functional dyspepsia in South Korea. Methods: This study was conducted between May 23 and July 6, 2016 and included 901 workers in the display manufacturing sector...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30364378/the-effect-of-a-blue-enriched-white-light-on-salivary-antioxidant-capacity-and-melatonin-among-night-shift-workers-a-field-study
#12
Reza Kazemi, Rasoul Hemmatjo, Mokarami Hamidreza
Background: Because of their positive impact on individuals' performance and alertness, blue enriched white light sources are gaining popularity in households and industries. However, these sources of blue light spectrum may cause oxidative stress. On the other hand, there are no empirical studies investigating the negative effect of blue enriched white light on oxidative stress. Thus, the current study aimed at empirical assessment of the effect of such light sources on oxidative stress among night shift workers...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30323933/association-between-air-pollution-in-the-2015-winter-in-south-korea-and-population-size-car-emissions-industrial-activity-and-fossil-fuel-power-plants-an-ecological-study
#13
Hyeran Choi, Jun-Pyo Myong
Background: Compared to 10 years ago, the ambient particulate matter 10 (PM10 ) and carbon monoxide (CO) levels in South Korea have decreased. However, compared to many other OECD countries, these levels are still too high. Concentration of air pollutants such as PM10 is especially higher during winter than during summer. The first step to rationally solving the air pollution problem in Korea is to identify the key air pollution sources during each season. This ecological study was performed to assess the association between the number of days the accepted PM10 and CO thresholds were exceeded and the concentration of potential emission sources in winter season 2015...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30263125/acute-radiation-syndrome-in-a-non-destructive-testing-worker-a-case-report
#14
Ji-Sung Ahn, Jai-Dong Moon, Wonyang Kang, Hyeong-Min Lim, Seunghyeon Cho, Dae-Young Lim, Won-Ju Park
Background: In Korea, there were repeated radiation exposure accidents among non-destructive testing workers. Most of the cases involved local injury, such as radiation burns or hematopoietic cancer. Herein, we report a case of acute radiation syndrome caused by short periods of high exposure to ionizing radiation. Case presentation: In January 2017, Korea Information System on Occupational Exposure (KISOE) found that a 31-year-old man who had worked in a non-destructive testing company had been overexposed to radiation...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30202532/relationship-between-simultaneous-exposure-to-ergonomic-risk-factors-and-work-related-lower-back-pain-a-cross-sectional-study-based-on-the-fourth-korean-working-conditions-survey
#15
Jae-Yeop Kim, Ji-Su Shin, Myeong-Seob Lim, Hyeon-Gyeong Choi, Sung-Kyeong Kim, Hee-Tae Kang, Sang-Baek Koh, Sung-Soo Oh
Background: It is well known that ergonomic risk factors and back pain are related. However, few studies have examined the relationship between simultaneous exposure to these risk factors and back pain in a Korean population. We aimed to investigate the relationship between simultaneous exposure to ergonomic risk factors and work-related lower back pain (LBP) based on the fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS). Method: The fourth KWCS (2014) was used for this study...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30186612/an-overview-of-compensated-work-related-injuries-among-korean-firefighters-from-2010-to-2015
#16
Hyung Doo Kim, Yon Soo An, Dong Hyun Kim, Kyung Sook Jeong, Yeon Soon Ahn
Background: Although one in two firefighters in South Korea have experienced work-related injuries, there are few studies which show the overview description on work-related injuries and its analysis regarding such causes. Therefore, we aimed to show the overview of compensated work-related injuries in order to serve fundamental data for establishing prevention policies on work-related injuries for Korean firefighters. Methods: We requested the all claimed work-related injury data of Korean firefighters from 2010 to 2015 to the Korean National Fire Agency (NFA)...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30181884/the-effect-of-increasing-the-illumination-on-operators-visual-performance-in-the-control-room-of-a-combined-cycle-power-plant
#17
Seyyed Abolfazl Zakerian, Saeid Yazdanirad, Seifollah Gharib, Kamal Azam, Asma Zare
Background: Lighting is one of the environmental factors affecting the performance of the control room operators. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the control room operators' visual performance in two different illumination conditions at a combined cycle power plant through field-work. Methods: Sixteen operators in day shift were evaluated with the Freiburg Visual Acuity test (FrACT) software at two lighting systems with different intensities. It includes the first phase with fluorescent illumination system (Power: 40 W, Color Temperature: 4000 Kelvin, Luminous Flux: 2780 Lumen and Model: Pars Shahab) and the second phase with a combined illumination system includes fluorescent and LED (Power: 48 W, Color Temperature: 4000 Kelvin, Luminous Flux: 5400 Lumen and Model: Mazinoor)...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30181883/performance-assessment-on-the-korean-computerized-neurobehavioral-test-using-a-mobile-device-and-a-conventional-computer-an-experimental-study
#18
Young Seok Byun, Sung Kyu Park, Joon Sakong, Man Joong Jeon
Background: The Korean Computerized Neurobehavioral Test (KCNT) is a psychological assessment tool used as part of Workers' Special Health Examinations in Korea. Due to the spread of mobile technology, this study aimed to compare results of the KCNT administered on a tablet PC versus a desktop computer, and, therefore, assess the clinical applicability of mobile devices. Methods: A total of 72 participants enrolled in this study. Their age, sex, and years of formal education were collected during an interview, as well as their typing speed...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30181882/changes-of-depression-and-job-stress-in-workers-after-merger-without-downsizing
#19
Jun Ick Jung, Jun Seok Son, Young Ouk Kim, Chang Ho Chae, Chan Woo Kim, Hyoung Ouk Park, Jun Ho Lee, Young Hoo Shin, Jea Chul Ha
Background: Since the 1980s, restructuring, which includes downsizing, closures, mergers, and privatization, has expanded worldwide, and various studies have investigated its effect on health. However, previous studies have mainly focused on restructuring accompanied by massive lay-offs, and the effect of a merger on workers' health is still controversial. This study aims to investigate changes in worker depression and job stress after a merger without downsizing, which is unusual in Korea...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30167309/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-intestinal-parasitic-infections-among-asymptomatic-food-handlers-working-at-haramaya-university-cafeterias-eastern-ethiopia
#20
Dadi Marami, Konjit Hailu, Moti Tolera
Background: Intestinal parasitic infections are major public health problems worldwide, with high prevalence in low income countries where substandard food hygiene practices are common. Asymptomatic food handlers with poor personal hygiene could be potential sources of parasitic infections. This study was aimed to assess the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections and associated factors among asymptomatic food handlers working at Haramaya University cafeterias, eastern Ethiopia...
2018: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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