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Ventilatory function of workers exposed to cobalt and diamond containing dust

Summary

The ventilatory function of 48 workers occupied on the average for six years in a plant producing diamond-cobalt circular saws was compared with that of 23 control subjects. The geometric mean airborne cobalt concentrations in the two main work areas amounted to 15.2 and 135.5 μg/m3 respectively. The spirometric changes found in the exposed workers were compatible with a moderate restrictive syndrome and were correlated with duration of exposure.

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Gennart, J.P., Lauwerys, R. Ventilatory function of workers exposed to cobalt and diamond containing dust. Int. Arch Occup Environ Heath 62, 333–336 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00640843

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Key words

  • Cobalt
  • Mixed dust exposure
  • Lung function