Judith M Harrington

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Organophosphate-based pesticides are widely used throughout the world. The acute effects of over-exposure to such compounds are well known. Concern has also been expressed that long-term exposure may result in damage to the nervous system. In a cross-sectional study, we compared neuropsychological performance in 146 sheep farmers who were exposed to(More)
OBJECTIVES To establish consensus case definitions for several common work related upper limb pain syndromes for use in surveillance or studies of the aetiology of these conditions. METHODS A group of healthcare professionals from the disciplines interested in the prevention and management of upper limb disorders were recruited for a Delphi exercise. A(More)
BACKGROUND Carbon black, a powdered form of elemental carbon is used in the manufacture of rubber products, paints, plastics, and inks. In 1974, the Health and Safety Executive initiated a cohort mortality study on possible carcinogenic effects on carbon black workers. METHODS The mortality of a cohort of 1,147 male manual workers from five U.K. factories(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify and quantify any relations between occupational exposure to cadmium oxide fume and mortalities from lung cancer and from chronic non-malignant diseases of the respiratory system. METHODS The mortality experience of 347 copper cadmium alloy workers, 624 workers employed in the vicinity of copper cadmium alloy work (vicinity workers),(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the relation between occupational exposure to ceramic fibres during manufacture and respiratory health. METHODS The respiratory health of 628 current employees in the manufacture of ceramic fibres in seven European plants in three countries was studied with a respiratory questionnaire, lung function tests, and chest radiography.(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the respiratory symptoms and decrements in lung function found in manufacturers of ceramic fibres are related to exposure to the respirable fibre or inspirable mass constituents of the air in the working environment. METHODS Cross sectional survey of all current European primary producers of ceramic fibre was carried out,(More)
The occupational epidemiological literature on extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMF) and health encompasses a large number of studies of varying design and quality that have addressed many health outcomes, including various cancers, cardiovascular disease, depression and suicide, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer disease(More)
Carbon black is manufactured by the vapour phase pyrolysis of heavy aromatic hydrocarbon feedstocks. Its manufacture is worldwide and the majority of its production is for use in the rubber industry especially tyre manufacture. Its carbonaceous nature has led many to investigate the occurrence of exposure-related medical conditions. To quantify any such(More)
The European Community Directive on Working Time, which should have been implemented in member states of the European Community by November 1996, contains several requirements related to working hours, including the right of employees to refuse to work more than 48 hours a week. The United Kingdom government attempted to oppose the Directive, arguing that(More)
Past studies have shown that formaldehyde is mutagenic in microbial tests and Drosophila and causes chromosomal aberrations in cultured mammalian cells. Chromosomal analysis of bone marrow cells and spermatocytes from exposed laboratory animals has failed to show any genotoxic effect. Information on individuals occupationally exposed is limited and there is(More)