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McDonnell, P.E., Coggins, M., Hogan, V., Fleming, G.
Annals Of Agricultural And Environmental Medicine
Exposure Assessment of Airborne Contaminants in the Indoor Environment of Irish Swine Farms
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Abstract: Agricultural workers have higher rates of long-term sick leave associated withrespiratory disease than any other worker groups. There is currently no published data onthe extent to which Irish agricultural workers are exposed to occupational respiratory hazards.This investigation focused on Irish swine farm workers in concentrated animal feedingoperations and measured their occupational exposure to various respiratory hazards.Swine workers were found to be exposed to high concentrations of inhalable (0.257.6mg/m3) and respirable (0.013.4 mg/m3) swine dust and airborne endotoxin (<166, 660EU/m3). 8 hour Time Weighted Average ammonia and peak carbon dioxide exposuresranged from 0.013 ppm and 4304780 ppm, respectively. Results of this study suggestthat Irish swine confi nement workers have a potential risk of developing work-associatedrespiratory disease.
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