Spirometric Measurements among Workers of Tasluja Cement Factory


  • Treefa A. Mahmood College of Medicine, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Nasreen A. R. Wafi College of Medicine, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Mohammed A. R. Shaikhan College of Medicine, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author




Portland cement, Spirometry, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)


Prolonged exposure to cement is hazardous and studies abroad showed that repeated and prolonged exposure to cement dust causes respiratory impairment.This study aimed at assessing the respiratory function among workers of Tasloja cement factory which is one of the biggest cement factories in the region, For this purpose a group of 139 cement workers with a group of 68 control subjects were enrolled in this study. The cement workers group was divided into directly exposed and indirectly exposed. Both groups were examined by spirometry .Spirometric examination included the determination of FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC% and PEF, at the same time their height& weight were determined. There was a significant decrease in peak expiratory flow(PEF) among the exposed group. Other spirometric values showed non-significant decrease. The decrease in spirometric measurements was directly proportional to the duration of employment.


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Spirometric Measurements among Workers of Tasluja Cement Factory. (2009). Journal of Zankoy Sulaimani - Part A, 13(1), 9-14. https://doi.org/10.17656/jzs.10205

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