Risks from smoking workmates

first_img Previous Article Next Article Any exposure to passive smoking reduces lung function but sharing an officewith a smoker presents the greatest riskBeing exposed to colleagues smoking in the workplace can be more damaging tolung function than exposure to passive smoking in the home or public places,according to a study. Research by doctors at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and Medical School inScotland found while exposure by non-smokers to passive smoking at home, in public places and the workplace all reduced lung function, exposure at work hadthe greatest effect. The health records were examined of more than 300 men and women from Glasgowwho had never smoked and they were questioned about their exposure toenvironmental tobacco smoke. Passive smoking resulted in a serious reduction in lung function, withpassive smoking at work causing more damage, primarily because people generallyspent a longer period exposed. The research was published in September’s edition of Occupational andEnvironmental Medicine. “Passive smoking has been a public concern for awhile, because it is a major indoor pollutant. “Our findings suggest that as well as its effects on the smoker,smoking at work may contribute to deterioration of lung function in non-smokingworkmates,” the study, led by Dr Ruoling Chen, senior lecturer in medicalstatistics and epidemiology at the hospital, concluded. It showed the need forstrictly limiting smoking in shared areas, particularly in workingenvironments, he added. The British Lung Foundation said it showed making workplaces smoke freeneeded to be higher up the Government’s agenda. After pressure from the pub and restaurant trade, the Government rejectedadvice in the summer from the Health and Safety Commission for a code to forceemployers either to ban smoking or take stringent measures to protect stafffrom smoke. – More companies are introducing non-smoking policies in their offices,finds a survey by management consultants William M Mercer. The study of UKprivate health plans and policies found 95 per cent of the 527 employers polledprohibited smoking on company premises or restricted it to designated areas, and58 per cent had introduced a policy in the past five years. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2001;58:563-568 Comments are closed. Risks from smoking workmatesOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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