Maritime Occupations Linked to High Rate of COPD

Posted on December 3, 2015 by Disability Help Group

Chronic lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may be a higher risk to people who work in maritime occupations. This information comes from a new study out of the Imperial College London that utilized data from the UK Biobank to assess the risk of COPD in certain occupations.

More than 500,000 records from participants ages 40 to 69 were assessed for prevalence of COPD and the occupation of the individuals. Out of 353 classified occupations, seafarers working in the merchant navy and boat operatives were found to have double the risk of developing COPD than the other occupations. Other high-risk occupations included coal miners, industrial cleaners, and roofers.

The research team believes that exposure to diesel motor exhaust and fumes from other fuels may be the key component in the increased risk of lung damage. While regulations to reduce exposure to these hazardous fumes have been put into place for current workplaces, many of the study participants worked during times when no safety measures were taken, allowing the damage to be done.

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