Traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure and health symptoms in custodians

Source: Jennifer L. Garza, Jennifer M. Cavallari, Sara Wakai, Paula Schenck, Nancy Simcox, Tim Morse, John D. Meyer and Martin Cherniack, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Early View, Article first published online: June 4, 2015
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From the abstract:
Background: We investigated the associations between traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure and dermal, respiratory, and musculoskeletal symptoms in a population of custodians.

Methods: We analyzed associations between symptoms and exposure to traditional and environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure among 329 custodians.

Results: We observed increased odds of dermal, upper and lower respiratory, and upper extremity, back, and lower extremity musculoskeletal symptoms associated with increased typical traditional cleaning product exposure. We observed significant trends for increased odds of dermal and back and lower extremity musculoskeletal symptoms associated with increased typical environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure.

Conclusions: Fewer positive associations and reduced odds of health symptoms associated with environmentally preferable cleaning product exposure suggest that these products may represent a safer alternative to traditional cleaning products.