Association between dust particulate and occupational rhinitis among basement parking lot workers in Jakarta

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Background: Jakarta municipal government estimates that at least 70% of Jakarta air pollution comes from traffic and vehicles. The prevalence of occupational rhinitis increases in such polluted environment. History of atopic disease and smoking habit might aggravate this condition. Purpose: To determine the association between dust particulate matter exposure and occupational rhinitis among basement parking lot workers in Jakarta. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed on 57 workers from December 2014 until March 2015. Questionnaires on nasal symptoms and eosinophil counts by nasal mucosal scrapings were collected before and after working-hours to evaluate occupational rhinitis. Level of dust particulate matter was measured using high volume air sampler, and calculated by gravimetric method. Results: Three workers were diagnosed with occupational rhinitis (5.2%). Level of dust particulate matter was below permitted level in studied basement parking lots. There was no significant association between occupational rhinitis and working period (OR 0.5 [95% CI 0.43 to 5.85], p=1.000) and workplace (OR 435 [95%CI =0.37-51.37], p=0.255). Increased eosinophil level was associated with the history of atopic disease (OR 23.33 [95%CI=2.40-224.62], p=0.001but not associated with smoking habit (OR 0.13 [95%CI=0.22-7.71], p=0.575). Conclusion: There was no significant association between dust particulate matter exposure and occupational rhinitis among basement parking lot workers. Despite the low level of dust particulate matter exposure, occupational rhinitis did occur.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOto Rhino Laryngologica Indonesiana
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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