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Rudkowski Z.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego
Family Medicine and Primary Care Review | Year: 2010

In a short overview the author described children's environmental risks including a respiratory exposition to particulate matter PM 2.5 and nanoparticles, particularly in connection with "developmental windows of vulnerability" and exposition to synthetic chemical " neurodisruptors". The attention is drawn to critical prenatal period and to a need for strenghtening of family doctor's and patient's awareness concerning the new hygiene rules with chemical burden of environment today. © Copyright by Wydawnictwo Continuo. Source


Kulagowska E.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Kosinska M.,Slaska Wyzsza Szkola Zarzadzania
Medycyna Pracy | Year: 2010

Background: To ensure the most efficient workplace health promotion it is essential to identify and monitor health conditions of employees and all components of the work process, as well as to recognize their cause-effect relationships. Community nurses form an occupational group with a specific type of workplace that is usually located in the patient's place of residence and thus not inspected in terms of safety and hygiene. The aim of the study was to identify working conditions of community nurses with special reference to occupational hazards. Material and Methods: An anonymous questionnaire was used as a major tool of this survey. It contained 33 questions, concerning the work process, working conditions, work loads and arduousness, hazards and work-related complaints. The questionnaire was completed by 86 community nurses working in the Upper Silesia region. Results and Conclusions: Community nurses generally assessed their work as hard. A more thorough analysis revealed that nursing and curative care, nursing and hygienic care and rehabilitation were regarded by community nurses as hard, whereas social diagnostics and curative diagnostics were assessed as much easier tasks. Excessive physical load, forced position at work, aggressive patients, patients' aggressive family members, dangerous domestic animals, low quality of technical devices in patients' homes were reported as the greatest hazards. The obtained results reveal that working conditions of community nurses do not ensure their safety at work. Med Pr 2010;61(6):641-647. ©. Source


Malinowska-Borowska J.,Slaski University Medyczny | Socholik V.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Harazin B.,Slaski University Medyczny
Medycyna Pracy | Year: 2012

Background: Lumberjacks' working conditions are difficult due to the presence of numerous occupational hazards. Physical factors that pose a health risk are noise and vibration produced by chain saws. Excessive exposure of lumberjacks to noise and vibration can lead to the development of hand-arm vibration syndrome and hearing loss. The aim of the work was to analyze the health condition of forestry workers exposed to occupational physical hazards. Material and Methods: A preliminary, questionnaire-based assessment of health status was conducted in 22 chain saw operators. In a group of 15 forestry workers audiometry, vibrotactile perception thresholds and cold provocation test were performed. X-ray diagnostic imaging of upper limbs was also done. At the same time noise and vibration produced by chain saws used in forestry was measured. Results: Vascular or neurological disorders were found in nearly half of tested workers with seniority from 2 to 20 years; 40% of the surveyed was diagnosed with hearing impairment. An 8-hour energy equivalent vibration level measured on chain saws was 4.6 m/s2. An 8-hour equivalent sound pressure level was 99.1 dB(A). Conclusions: The threshold limit values for noise and vibration are exceeded at woodcutters' posts. There are changes in lumberjacks' health resulting from exposure to harmful physical agents. Preventive actions are urgently needed to be addressed, especially to people employed in single-handed forestry companies. © Instytut Medycyny Pracy im. prof. J. Nofera w Łodzi. Source


Janosik E.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Marzec S.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Laciak M.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego
Przeglad Elektrotechniczny | Year: 2010

In the article the results of surveys were shown, which had the aim to determinate the lighting conditions in the Polish apartments, inhabitant's habits, fancy and feelings in scope of rooms lighting, the biggest problems with creation of optimal lighting conditions in own flat and the influence on the mood and health of inhabitants. Source


Janosik E.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Marzec S.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Laciak M.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Nowicka J.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego | Zachara J.,Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Srodowiskowego
Przeglad Elektrotechniczny | Year: 2012

Several parameters were analyzed, describing the efficiency and comfort vision, which were set in young and elderly volunteers in experiments with incandescent lamps and also with compact fluorescent lamps with tree color temperatures. Source

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