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BMC Public Health

, 6:1

First Online: 03 January 2006Received: 04 April 2005Accepted: 03 January 2006DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-6-1

Cite this article as: Carrasco, J.M., Lope, V., Pérez-Gómez, B. et al. BMC Public Health 2006 6: 1. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-6-1

Abstract

BackgroundThis paper examines the association between use of protective devices, frequency of acute health problems and health-protection information received by participants engaged in the Prestige oil spill clean-up in Asturias and Cantabria, Spain.

MethodsWe studied 133 seamen, 135 bird cleaners, 266 volunteers and 265 paid workers selected by random sampling, stratified by type of worker and number of working days. Information was collected by telephone interview conducted in June 2003. The association of interest was summarized, using odds ratios OR obtained from logistic regression.

ResultsHealth-protection briefing was associated with use of protective devices and clothing. Uninformed subjects registered a significant excess risk of itchy eyes OR:2.89; 95%CI:1.21–6.90, nausea-vomiting-dizziness OR:2.25; 95%CI:1.17–4.32 and throat and respiratory problems OR:2.30; 95%CI:1.15–4.61. There was a noteworthy significant excess risk of headaches OR:3.86: 95%CI:1.74–8.54 and respiratory problems OR:2.43; 95%CI:1.02–5.79 among uninformed paid workers. Seamen, the group most exposed to the fuel-oil, were the worst informed and registered the highest frequency of toxicological problems.

ConclusionProper health-protection briefing was associated with greater use of protective devices and lower frequency of health problems. Among seamen, however, the results indicate poorer dissemination of information and the need of specific guidelines for removing fuel-oil at sea.

José Miguel Carrasco, Virginia Lope contributed equally to this work.

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Author: José Miguel Carrasco - Virginia Lope - Beatriz Pérez-Gómez - Nuria Aragonés - Berta Suárez - Gonzalo López-Abente - F

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