Burge PS, Edge G, Hawkins R, White V, Newman Taylor AJ, Occupational asthma in a factory making flux-cored solder containing colophony, Thorax, 1981;36:828-834,

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The prevalence of work-related wheeze and breathlessness was measured in factory employees manufacturing flux-cored solder containing colophony. Measurement of colophony in the breathing zone defined three grades of exposure with median levels of 1.92 mg/m3 (6 subjects), 0.02 mg/m3 (14 subjects), and less than 0.01 mg/m3 (68 subjects). All but 2 workers in the first 2 groups, and 90% of a random sample of the last group, were studied. Occupational asthma was present in 21% of the higher 2 exposure groups and 4% of the lowest exposure group. Mean values of FEV1 and FVC fell with increasing exposure. Total IgM levels were higher in the solder manufacturers than in unexposed controls. Survey suggests that sensitisation will not be prevented unless exposure is kept well below present threshold limit value.

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