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International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health

Thu Quach, J Von Behren, J Tsoh, P Reynolds, L Fu, T Nguyen, M Le, T T Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the efficacy of trainings with Vietnamese nail salon owners and workers on knowledge and behaviors that could reduce exposures to toxic chemicals in nail products. METHODS: We trained Vietnamese salon owners in California (n = 77) who then trained their workers (n = 200) on best practices. In a cluster randomized controlled trial, we assessed the efficacy of the training on change in knowledge and self-reported behaviors. Data were collected from 2013 to 2016 and analyzed from 2016 to 2017...
August 11, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Deborah De Moortel, Nico Dragano, Christophe Vanroelen, Morten Wahrendorf
OBJECTIVES: Working more (overemployment) or less (underemployment) than preferred has been associated with poor mental health in cross-sectional studies, but longitudinal evidence is scarce. We investigate whether under- and overemployment is associated with 2-year changes of mental health and whether associations vary by job rewards (i.e. high earnings, job security, promotion prospects and occupational prestige). METHODS: We used two waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), with information on mental health collected in 2006 and 2008...
August 9, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Andrea Viziano, Alessandro Micarelli, Guido Pasquantonio, David Della-Morte, Marco Alessandrini
PURPOSE: Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) also known as idiopathic environmental intolerance/illness (IEI) encompasses a cohort of subjective symptoms characterized by susceptibility to a wide spectrum of environmental compounds, causing symptoms involving various organs and a decrease in quality of life. The aim of this systematic review is to summarize evidence about MCS, with focus on indexed studies analyzing sensory pathway-related disorders. METHODS: Medical databases were searched for English language articles related to the topic, published between 1965 and 2017 in academic, peer-reviewed journals...
August 7, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Bernhard Kraemer, Robert Seibt, Anne-Katrin Stoffels, Ralf Rothmund, Sara Y Brucker, Monika A Rieger, Benjamin Steinhilber
PURPOSE: The interface between surgeon and the laparoscopic instrument is an important factor in biomechanical stress that may increase the risk of musculoskeletal complaints in surgeons. This article investigates the effect of a laparoscopic instrument with a rotatable handle piece (rot-HP) on muscular stress and fatigue during routine laparoscopic procedures (LP) as well as usability, wrist posture and working precision. METHODS: 40 LP (subtotal hysterectomies) performed by 11 surgeons were investigated...
August 4, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Isabelle Probst, Alessia Zellweger, Maria-Pia Politis Mercier, Brigitta Danuser, Peggy Krief
PURPOSE: Most industrialized countries have introduced maternity protection legislation (MPL) to protect the health of pregnant workers and their unborn children from workplace exposure. This review aimed to assess this legislation's level of implementation, barriers and facilitators to it, and its expected or unexpected effects. METHODS: A realist narrative review was conducted. Keyword searches of the PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, MIDIRS, Sociological abstracts and Google Scholar electronic databases were performed in March 2018...
August 4, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Jennifer Hilger-Kolb, Katharina Diehl, Raphael Herr, Adrian Loerbroks
PURPOSE: Although psychosocial stress has been associated with adverse health parameters, little is known about this topic among the variety of university students. We thus examined associations of psychosocial stress due to academic education with self-rated health, and symptoms of depression and anxiety among students from various study disciplines. METHODS: We used data from the Nutrition and Physical Activity (NuPhA) Study, a cross-sectional online survey among students enrolled across German universities (n = 698)...
July 19, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Heidi Janssens, Lutgart Braeckman, Peter Vlerick, Bart Van de Ven, Bart De Clercq, Els Clays
OBJECTIVES: Although social capital approach has showed its merits in predicting well-being and health in the working environment, studies examining the relation between social capital and burnout are scarce and limited to cross-sectional studies in the health care sector. This study aims to explore the longitudinal relationship between workplace social capital and burnout in a Belgian company in the energy sector. An additional aim was to assess whether the relation between workplace social capital and the dimensions of burnout was independent of job characteristics, i...
July 17, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Yuko Kachi, Hideki Hashimoto, Hisashi Eguchi
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine effects of persistence or change in job insecurity on psychological distress (PD) among Japanese community dwellers. METHODS: The sample comprised 889 men and 762 women aged 25-50 years who were employed and completed both wave 1 (2010) and wave 2 (2012) surveys of the Japanese Study on Stratification, Health, Income, and Neighborhood (J-SHINE). Job insecurity, a perception of threat of job loss, was self-reported in both waves to define persistence and change of the status...
July 17, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Sithembile L Mabila, Kirsten S Almberg, Lee Friedman, Robert Cohen, Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, Naseema Vorajee, Jill Murray
PURPOSE: To determine the associations between exposure duration, measured by employment tenure, and emphysema presence and severity in black and white South African miners at autopsy. METHODS: We examined the association between mining tenure and emphysema presence or severity using the Pathology Automation (PATHAUT) database, 1975-2014. We used logistic regression models adjusted for age, tuberculosis, HIV status, and year of death. The effect of smoking on the presence and severity of emphysema was assessed in a sub-analysis of white miners...
July 16, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Francesco Profili, Daniela Nuvolone, Fabio Barbone, Cristina Aprea, Letizia Centi, Riccardo Frazzetta, Stefano Belli, Fabio Voller
BACKGROUND: Studies on low-level As exposure have not found an association with cancer, while increased risks were reported for skin lesions, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and reproductive outcomes. Prospective observational studies with individual exposure measures are needed to study low-level As exposure effects. In a geothermal area in Southern Tuscany (Italy), characterized by a natural presence of As in drinking water (< 50 µg/l), As urinary concentrations were measured in a survey in 1998 and cohort members were followed to evaluate the effects on health...
July 13, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Annie Hogh, Marianne Baernholdt, Thomas Clausen
PURPOSE: To analyze the long-term impact of bullying among healthcare providers (T1) on missed nursing care and quality of care 2 years later (T2) and to test the potential mediating effect of affective organizational commitment. METHODS: Survey data from healthcare providers in the eldercare sector in 2006 (T1) and 2008 (T2). At T1, 9212 employees participated in the survey and 5202 participated in both T1 and T2. Including only participants who were directly engaged in the provision of care yielded 4000 providers, who were employed in 268 workgroups at T1 and T2...
July 11, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Hormoz Sanaeinasab, Mohsen Saffari, Firouz Valipour, Hassan Reza Alipour, Mojtaba Sepandi, Faten Al Zaben, Harold G Koenig
PURPOSE: Lack of knowledge about computer ergonomics predisposes users to musculoskeletal and visual disorders. The present study examined the effect of a trans-theoretical model (TTM)-based educational program on work-related posture in office computer users. METHODS: This experimental study examined 102 hospital personnel whose primary job involved working at a computer. Participants were randomized to intervention and control groups. An educational intervention based on TTM was conducted over five sessions...
July 9, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Albert Rosenberger, Rayjean J Hung, David C Christiani, Neil E Caporaso, Geoffrey Liu, Stig E Bojesen, Loic Le Marchand, Ch A Haiman, Demetrios Albanes, Melinda C Aldrich, Adonina Tardon, G Fernández-Tardón, Gad Rennert, John K Field, B Kiemeney, Philip Lazarus, Aage Haugen, Shanbeh Zienolddiny, Stephen Lam, Matthew B Schabath, Angeline S Andrew, Hans Brunnsstöm, Gary E Goodman, Jennifer A Doherty, Chu Chen, M Dawn Teare, H-Erich Wichmann, Judith Manz, Angela Risch, Thomas R Muley, Mikael Johansson, Paul Brennan, Maria Teresa Landi, Christopher I Amos, Beate Pesch, Georg Johnen, Thomas Brüning, Heike Bickeböller, Maria Gomolka
PURPOSE: Radon is a risk factor for lung cancer and uranium miners are more exposed than the general population. A genome-wide interaction analysis was carried out to identify genomic loci, genes or gene sets that modify the susceptibility to lung cancer given occupational exposure to the radioactive gas radon. METHODS: Samples from 28 studies provided by the International Lung Cancer Consortium were pooled with samples of former uranium miners collected by the German Federal Office of Radiation Protection...
July 3, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Shotaro Doki, Sinichiro Sasahara, Ichiyo Matsuzaki
PURPOSE: Many companies target international markets to expand their business. Companies need to manage international teams with a wide variety of skills, knowledge and values to run their business effectively; however, there are many issues of acculturation stress. Not only business travellers and expatriates, but also immigrant workers have issues adjusting to foreign culture. The aim of the present study is to identify the stress factors affecting foreign-born workers via a systematic review...
July 2, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Katrina Witt, Allison Milner, Jean-François Chastang, Anthony D LaMontagne, Isabelle Niedhammer
PURPOSE: We investigated prospective associations between mental illness and psychosocial employment quality using a nationally representative sample of the French working population by gender, primary diagnosis, and age of onset. METHODS: 6234 employed French adults (aged 20-74 years) were followed from 2006 to 2010. All respondents provided data on 26 indicators of psychosocial employment quality drawn from the Job-Strain Model, other job stressors, and indicators of working time stressors (i...
June 30, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Marya Sheikh Rashid, Wouter A Dreschler
PURPOSE: To validate the accuracy of an internet-based speech-in-noise hearing screening test for high-frequency hearing loss (HFHL) 'Occupational Earcheck (OEC)' incorporating an automatic conditional rescreening, in an occupationally noise-exposed population. Secondary objectives were to assess the effects of age on test accuracy measures, and to assess the test accuracy for different degrees of HFHL. METHODS: A study was conducted on cross-sectional data of occupational audiometric examinations, including the index test OEC and reference standard pure-tone air conduction audiometry, of 80 noise-exposed workers...
June 29, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
BongKyoo Choi
PURPOSE: To investigate whether chronic psychosocial work stressors (low job control, high job demands, job strain, low supervisor and coworker support, job insecurity, and long work hours) are longitudinally associated with suicidal ideation in a working population. METHODS: Five-hundred seventy-eight workers (aged 34-69) were chosen for this analysis from those who participated in both project 1 (2004-2006 at baseline) and project 4 (2004-2009 at follow-up) of the Midlife Development in the United States II study...
June 29, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Ngombe Leon-Kabamba, Nlandu Roger Ngatu, Sakatolo Jean-Baptiste Kakoma, Christophe Nyembo, Etongola Papy Mbelambela, Reiko Juliana Moribe, Stanislas Wembonyama, Brigitta Danuser, Numbi Oscar-Luboya
PURPOSE: In Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), informal coltan mining has been expanding amidst increased insecurity due to armed conflicts. We investigated the impact of occupational dust-exposure on the respiratory health of Congolese coltan miners. METHODS: In total, 441 Congolese workers participated in this study, including 199 informal coltan miners and 242 office workers (controls). Information on respiratory complaints was collected using two standardized questionnaires...
June 27, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Evelien van Valen, Ellie Wekking, Moniek van Hout, Gert van der Laan, Gerard Hageman, Frank van Dijk, Angela de Boer, Mirjam Sprangers
PURPOSE: Working in conditions with daily exposure to organic solvents for many years can result in a disease known as chronic solvent-induced encephalopathy (CSE). The aims for this study were to describe the neuropsychological course of CSE after first diagnosis and to detect prognostic factors for neuropsychological impairment after diagnosis. METHODS: This prospective study follows a Dutch cohort of CSE patients who were first diagnosed between 2001 and 2011 and underwent a second neuropsychological assessment 1...
June 25, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Fabiano Barbiero, Tina Zanin, Federica E Pisa, Anica Casetta, Valentina Rosolen, Manuela Giangreco, Corrado Negro, Massimo Bovenzi, Fabio Barbone
OBJECTIVES: To compare a local cohort of 2488 men occupationally exposed to asbestos and enrolled in a public health surveillance program with the 1995-2009 cancer incidence of the general population of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region, Northeast Italy, we conducted a historical cohort study. METHODS: Standardized incidence ratios (SIRs), with 95% confidence interval (95% CI), for specific cancer sites were estimated in the cohort and in subgroups of workers employed in shipbuilding between 1974 and 1994...
June 5, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
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