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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743392/a-health-behavior-screening-tool-for-non-specific-neck-pain-in-office-workers-a-1-year-prospective-cohort-study
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Kantheera Areerak, Allard J van der Beek, Prawit Janwantanakul
OBJECTIVE: One effective strategy for management of musculoskeletal disorders is self-management based on the biopsychosocial model. Self-management requires patients to have adequate health literacy, defined as the individual's ability to seek, understand, and utilize health information. Recently, the neck pain-specific health behavior for office workers (NHBOW) questionnaire was developed based upon a conceptual framework of health literacy. The content in the NHBOW relates to the work and exercise behaviors of office workers...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743391/short-sleep-duration-among-thai-nurses-influences-on-fatigue-daytime-sleepiness-and-occupational-errors
#2
Jindarat Chaiard, Jirawan Deeluea, Benjamas Suksatit, Wanpen Songkham, Nonglak Inta
OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to: 1) describe sleep duration, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and occupational errors among Thai nurses and 2) explore the influence of sleep duration on fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and occupational errors. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was implemented. A convenience sample of 233 full-time nurses with at least one year of work experience was recruited to participate in the study. Data were collected using self-reported questionnaires and 1-week sleep diaries...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743390/association-between-occupational-clusters-and-allergic-rhinitis-in-the-korean-population-analysis-of-the-korean-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-data
#3
Sungjin Park, Pil Kyun Jung, Myungsup Choi, Hongdeok Seok, Hansol Kim, Sung-Soo Oh, Sang-Baek Koh
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the association between occupational clusters and allergic rhinitis (AR). METHODS: The study was based on data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES: 2007-2015). This study included 46,965 individuals: 20,491 men and 26,474 women. AR was defined as having been diagnosed by a physician. Occupations were classified according to occupational characteristics and skill levels into white (chief executives, senior officials, legislators, managers, professionals, and technicians), pink (clerks, clerical support workers, services and sales workers), blue (craft and related trades workers, drivers, plant and machine operators, assemblers, elementary occupation workers), and green (skilled agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers) categories...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743389/an-epidemic-of-bladder-cancer-ten-cases-of-bladder-cancer-in-male-japanese-workers-exposed-to-ortho-toluidine
#4
Makiko Nakano, Kazuyuki Omae, Toru Takebayashi, Shigeru Tanaka, And Shigeki Koda
BACKGROUND: ortho-Toluidine (OT) was listed as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2012 based on epidemiological observations of workers co-exposed to OT and aromatic amines. From 2014 to 2017, several cases of bladder cancer (BCa) secondary to occupational exposure, primarily to OT, were detected in Japan. OBJECTIVE: To describe 10 cases of BCa in male Japanese workers exposed primarily to OT at two plants that produce organic dye and pigment intermediates...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669968/guidelines-for-personal-exposure-monitoring-of-chemicals-part-v
#5
Haruo Hashimoto, Kenichi Yamada, Hajime Hori, Shinji Kumagai, Masaru Murata, Toshio Nagoya, Hirohiko Nakahara, Nobuyuki Mochida
This Document, "Guidelines for personal exposure monitoring of chemicals" ("this Guideline"), has been prepared by "The Committee for Personal Exposure Monitoring" ("the Committee") of the Expert Division of Occupational Hygiene & Ergonomics, Japan Society for Occupational Health. Considering the background of the growing importance of personal exposure monitoring in risk assessment and the need to prepare for the introduction of monitoring using personal samplers from an administrative perspective in recent years, the Committee was organized in November 2012...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669967/the-impact-of-night-shift-work-on-platelet-function-in-healthy-medical-staff
#6
Tomoko Nakao, Atsushi Yasumoto, Suzumi Tokuoka, Yoshihiro Kita, Takuya Kawahara, Masao Daimon, Yutaka Yatomi
OBJECTIVES: Rotating shift work has been reported to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Vascular endothelial dysfunction and platelet activation are among the leading causes of thrombus formation in patients with myocardial infarction or stroke. Endothelial function has been shown to be impaired immediately after night-shift work; however, it is not known whether platelets are also activated. The aim of this study was to investigate the acute impact of night-shift work on platelet function...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669966/effect-of-the-national-stress-check-program-on-mental-health-among-workers-in-japan-a-1-year-retrospective-cohort-study
#7
Kotaro Imamura, Yumi Asai, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Akizumi Tsutsumi, Akihito Shimazu, Akiomi Inoue, Hisanori Hiro, Yuko Odagiri, Toru Yoshikawa, Etsuko Yoshikawa, Norito Kawakami
OBJECTIVES: This retrospective cohort study evaluated the impact of the Stress Check Program, a recently introduced national policy and program aimed at reducing psychological distress among Japanese workers. METHODS: A baseline survey was conducted from November 2015 to February 2016, the period when Japan began enforcing the Stress Check Program. A one-year follow-up survey was conducted in December 2016. In the follow-up survey, two exposure variables were collected: having taken the annual stress survey, and experiencing an improvement in the psychosocial work environment...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618678/the-acute-effect-of-exposure-to-noise-on-cardiovascular-parameters-in-young-adults
#8
Shih-Yi Lu, Cheng-Lung Lee, Kuei-Yi Lin, Yen-Hui Lin
OBJECTIVE: In this study, an experiment was conducted to examine whether noise exposure produced acute changes in cardiovascular responses, and whether these responses differed based on psycho-acoustic parameters to noises of low to high intensity. METHODS: Thirty healthy subjects were enrolled. Three industrial noises were binaurally presented with a supra-aural earphone. The sound levels of noise were <55, 75, and 90 dB. Each noise was continued for 20 min and the electrocardiogram was simultaneously recorded...
April 4, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618677/impact-of-lifestyle-intervention-on-dry-eye-disease-in-office-workers-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
Motoko Kawashima, Kokoro Sano, Sayuri Takechi, Kazuo Tsubota
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of a 2-month lifestyle intervention for dry eye disease in office workers. METHODS: Prospective interventional study (randomized controlled study). Forty-one middle-aged Japanese office workers (men, 22; women, 19; 39.2 ± 8.0 years) with definite and probable dry eye disease were enrolled and randomized to an intervention group (n = 22) and a control group (n = 19). The intervention aimed at modifying diet, increasing physical activity, and encouraging positive thinking...
April 4, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563368/associations-among-job-demands-and-resources-work-engagement-and-psychological-distress-fixed-effects-model-analysis-in-japan
#10
Takashi Oshio, Akiomi Inoue, Akizumi Tsutsumi
OBJECTIVES: We examined the associations among job demands and resources, work engagement, and psychological distress, adjusted for time-invariant individual attributes. METHODS: We used data from a Japanese occupational cohort survey, which included 18,702 observations of 7,843 individuals. We investigated how work engagement, measured by the Utrecht Work Engagement scale, was associated with key aspects of job demands and resources, using fixed-effects regression models...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563367/comparison-of-accelerometer-measured-sedentary-behavior-and-light-and-moderate-to-vigorous-intensity-physical-activity-in-white-and-blue-collar-workers-in-a-japanese-manufacturing-plant
#11
Noritoshi Fukushima, Makiko Kitabayashi, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sasai, Koichiro Oka, Yoshio Nakata, Shigeho Tanaka, And Shigeru Inoue
OBJECTIVE: The times spent in sedentary behavior (SB) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) are independently associated with health outcomes; however, objective data on physical activity levels including SB among different occupations is limited. We compared accelerometer-measured times spent in SB, light-intensity physical activity (LPA), and MVPA, and the patterns associated with prolonged bouts of SB between white- and blue-collar workers. METHODS: The study population consisted of 102 full-time plant workers (54 white-collar and 48 blue-collar) who wore a triaxial accelerometer during waking hours for 5 working days...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563366/what-are-the-new-challenges-goals-and-tasks-of-occupational-health-in-china-s-thirteenth-five-year-plan-13th-fyp-period
#12
Bing Wang, Chao Wu, Liangguo Kang, Lang Huang, Wei Pan
OBJECTIVE: In recent years, the Chinese government has attached great importance to occupational health under the guidance of people-oriented concept. This paper introduces the current status and future development of occupational health in China's Thirteenth Five-Year Plan (13th FYP) period (2016-2020) to promote the cooperation and exchange on occupational health between China and other countries. METHODS: We collected statistical data about occupational diseases and information addressing occupational diseases...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563365/potential-asbestos-exposure-among-patients-with-primary-lung-cancer-in-japan
#13
Akihiko Tamura, Mitsuhiko Funakoshi, Naw Awn J-P, Kichinori Hasegawa, Atsushi Ishimine, Akio Koike, Noriyuki Tannai, Masami Fujii, Makoto Hattori, Harukazu Hirano, Kenji Nakamura, Masanobu Funakoshi, Kazuhiko Satomi, Yoshihito Yamashita, Yasuma Fukuchi, Narufumi Suganuma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the extent of asbestos exposure among patients with primary lung cancer in Japan. METHODS: A retrospective estimation of potential asbestos-exposed individuals, as determined by the presence of pleural plaques identified on chest computed tomography (CT), was conducted on 885 pathologically confirmed primary lung cancer patients (mean age 71.3 years, 641 males). All patients were diagnosed at 29 hospitals across Japan between 2006 and 2007...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563364/control-banding-assessment-of-workers-exposure-to-indium-and-its-compounds-in-13-japanese-indium-plants
#14
Ichiro Higashikubo, Heihachiro Arito, Kenji Ando, Akihiro Araki, Hidesuke Shimizu, Haruhiko Sakurai
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess workers' exposure to indium and its compounds in 55 indium-handling operations among 13 Japanese plants. The surveyed plants were selected from indium-manufacturing plants whose annual indium production exceeded 500 kg. METHODS: The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Essentials control banding toolkit, which contains simple scales for hazard levels, quantities in daily use, and "dustiness" characteristics, was used to assess generic risks of indium-handling operations...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386490/guidelines-for-personal-exposure-monitoring-of-chemicals-part-iv
#15
Haruo Hashimoto, Kenichi Yamada, Hajime Hori, Shinji Kumagai, Masaru Murata, Toshio Nagoya, Hirohiko Nakahara, Nobuyuki Mochida
This Document, "Guidelines for personal exposure monitoring of chemicals" ("this Guideline"), has been prepared by "The Committee for Personal Exposure Monitoring" ("the Committee") of the Expert Division of Occupational Hygiene & Ergonomics, Japan Society for Occupational Health. Considering the background of the growing importance of personal exposure monitoring in risk assessment and the need to prepare for the introduction of monitoring using personal samplers from an administrative perspective in recent years, the Committee was organized in November 2012...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311440/understanding-the-administrative-regulation-on-occupational-health-and-trend-in-china
#16
Zhijun Zhou
With the immense economic growth and social development, China has gained worldwide attention. With the quick growth of industrialization, several international professionals are gaining interest in occupational management system and in the role of the Chinese Government in protecting the worker's health. The Law on Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases and the Work Safety Law are the two most important laws in China, which highlight the responsibilities of the employer, employee, governmental agencies, authorized occupational health service agency, and other stakeholders...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311439/psychosocial-work-environment-and-oxidative-stress-among-nurses
#17
Eman A Salem, Sabah M Ebrahem
BACKGROUND: Work stress among nurses has increased in recent years due to the demands of clinical nursing. OBJECTIVES: To investigate psychosocial work stress among nurses using the effort-reward imbalance (ERI) model with assessment malondialdehyde (MDA) as an oxidative stress marker and total antioxidants. METHODS: The present study was conducted on 204 registered nurses worked at two tertiary hospitals in Menoufia governorate, Egypt through the period from the 1st of February to the end of July 2016...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311438/validity-and-responsiveness-of-the-work-functioning-impairment-scale-wfun-in-workers-with-pain-due-to-musculoskeletal-disorders
#18
Misako Makishima, Yoshihisa Fujino, Tatsuhiko Kubo, Hiroyuki Izumi, Masamichi Uehara, Ichiro Oyama, Shinya Matsuda
OBJECTIVE: To determine the convergent validity and responsiveness of the work functioning impairment scale (WFun) in workers with musculoskeletal disorder-related pain. METHODS: Participants were extracted from an internet user study and prospectively examined using the pain intensity numerical rating scale (pain-NRS), the work ability numerical rating scale (productivity-NRS), and the WFun at baseline, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months. The convergent validity and responsiveness of the WFun were examined by multilevel regression analysis...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29269606/challenge-or-hindrance-does-job-stress-affect-presenteeism-among-chinese-healthcare-workers
#19
Tianan Yang, Mingxu Ma, Mingjing Zhu, Yuanling Liu, Qian Chen, Shiyang Zhang, Jianwei Deng
BACKGROUND: We examined the effects of challenge stress and hindrance stress on general health and presenteeism among Chinese healthcare workers. METHODS: Structural equation modeling was used to evaluate data from a national hospital survey in China (n = 1392). Job stress, general health, and presenteeism were measured by the Perceived Ability to Work Scale, the 8-item Short-Form Health Survey, and the Challenge- and Hindrance-Related Self-reported Stress Scale...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29269605/development-of-a-method-for-monitoring-personal-exposure-to-benzyl-violet-4b-and-direct-blue-15-in-workplace-air
#20
Akito Takeuchi, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Osamu Nishinoiri, Seiichiro Kanno, Hidesuke Shimizu
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this research was to develop a method for monitoring personal exposure to benzyl violet 4B (BV) and direct blue 15 (DB) in workplace air for risk assessment. METHODS: We evaluated the utility of the proposed method by examining the following: recovery; method limit of quantification; reproducibility; and storage stability of the samples. RESULTS: An air sampling cassette containing a glass fiber filter was chosen as the sampler...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Health
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