Traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure and health symptoms in custodians
Published Date:Jun 04 2015
Source:Am J Ind Med. 58(9):988-995.
Green Chemistry Technology
Health And Safety
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4976595
Funding:5R21OH009831-02/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
R21 OH009831/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
We investigated the associations between traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure and dermal, respiratory, and musculoskeletal symptoms in a population of custodians.
We analyzed associations between symptoms and exposure to traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure among 329 custodians.
We observed increased odds of dermal (p<0.01), upper (p=0.01) and lower respiratory (p=0.01), and upper extremity (p<0.01), back (p<0.01), and lower extremity (p=0.01) musculoskeletal symptoms associated with increased typical traditional cleaning product exposure. We observed significant trends for increased odds of dermal (p=0.03) and back (p=0.04) and lower (p=0.02) extremity musculoskeletal symptoms associated with increased typical environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure.
Fewer positive associations and reduced odds of health symptoms associated with environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure suggest that these products may represent a safer alternative to traditional cleaning products.
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