Dumb question.... would people who work long careers in beauty shops, particularly those that have perfumes that are constantly being tested, and inhaled, have any sort of respiratory complications?
The post title is a cut and paste from the first paragraph of the linked academic press release here:
> Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Cleaning at Home and at Work in Relation to Lung Function Decline and Airway Obstruction
Øistein Svanes ; Randi J Bertelsen , Stein HL Lygre , Anne E Carsin ; ; Josep M Antó , Bertil Forsberg , José M García-García , José A Gullón , Joachim Heinrich , Mathias Holm , Manolis Kogevinas
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2018
Published Online: February 16, 2018
> Rationale: Cleaning tasks may imply exposure to chemical agents with potential harmful effects to the respiratory system, and increased risk of asthma and respiratory symptoms among professional cleaners and in persons cleaning at home has been reported. The long-term consequences of cleaning agents on respiratory health are, however, not well described. Objectives: This paper aims to investigate long-term effects of occupational cleaning and cleaning at home on lung function decline and chronic airway obstruction. Methods: The ECRHS study has investigated a multi-centre population based cohort at three time points over twenty years. 6230 participants with at least one lung function measurements from 22 study centres, who in ECRHS II responded to questionnaire modules concerning cleaning activities between ECRHS I and ECRHS II were included. The data were analysed with mixed linear models adjusting for potential confounders. Main results: As compared to women not engaged in cleaning (FEV1=-18.5 ml/year), FEV1 declined more rapidly in women responsible for cleaning at home (-22.1, p=0.01) and occupational cleaners (-22.4, p=0.03). The same was found for decline in FVC (FVC-=8.8 ml/year; -13.1, p=0.02 and -15.9, p=0.002, respectively). Both cleaning sprays and other cleaning agents were associated with accelerated FEV1 decline (-22.0, p=0.04 and -22.9, p=0.004, respectively). Cleaning was not significantly associated with lung function decline in men or with chronic airway obstruction. Conclusions: Women cleaning at home or working as occupational cleaners had accelerated decline in lung function, suggesting that exposures related to cleaning activities may constitute a risk to long-term respiratory health.
Which cleaning chemicals were they using?
I clean professionally, I always insist on using natural cleaners like vinegar, organic dish soap, and baking soda. It works just as good if not better than the harsh stuff. I keep some of the more potent ones for really tough staining but I don’t use them if I don’t have to.
Now the question is. Are my eco cleaning products gonna kill me too?
Stuff like Ecover or Method seem to have much friendlier Ingredients that's the harsh products. Or is it gonna be negligible difference?
I always clean with a fan pulling out air on and keep as much distance from what I'm cleaning as I can, as well as spraying near the surface and spread outward to reduce this when I do clean because it can get really obvious the effects and even just short term exposure. Especially if I have to use bleach, which I do as rarely as possible.
My anecdotal contribution: When I was born, my mother was a clean freak stay at home mother. I had childhood asthma really bad, nearly died several times. My father, when I was 6 had a horrible work accident that left him permanently physically disabled. My mother had to go to work, as chance would have it, as a cleaning lady so we kids could have health insurance. Well, dad's disability (or male pride) prevented him from doing housework. Mom, likewise, didn't want to only be cleaning all day everyday. Our house started to get dusty and not as clean and pristine as it once was. My asthma stopped cold shortly afterwards. Even being around dust, something I am allergic to, no longer triggered it.