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dc.contributor.authorTjalvin, Groen_US
dc.contributor.authorMagerøy, Nilsen_US
dc.contributor.authorBråtveit, Magneen_US
dc.contributor.authorLygre, Stein Håkon Låstaden_US
dc.contributor.authorHollund, Bjørg Elien_US
dc.contributor.authorMoen, Bente Elisabethen_US
dc.description.abstractFoul-smelling environmental pollution was a major concern following a chemical workplace explosion. Malodorous pollution has previously been associated with aggravated physical and psychological health, and in persons affected by a trauma, an incidence-related odour can act as a traumatic reminder. Olfaction may even be of significance in the development and persistence of post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). The present longitudinal study assessed whether perceived smell related to malodorous environmental pollution in the aftermath of the explosion was a determinant of subjective health complaints (SHC) and PTSS among gainfully employed adults, when the malodorous pollution was present, and after pollution clean-up. Questionnaire data from validated instruments were analysed using mixed effects models. Individual odour scores were computed, and the participants (n=486) were divided into high and low odour score groups, respectively. Participants in the high odour score group (n=233) reported more SHC and PTSS than those in the low odour score group (n=253), before and even after the pollution was eliminated. These associations lasted for at least three years after the pollution was removed, and might indicate that prompt clean-up is important to avoid persistent health effects after malodorous chemical spills.en_US
dc.publisherNational Institute of Occupational Safety and Healtheng
dc.relation.ispartof<a href="" target="_blank">Health in the aftermath of a malodorous chemical explosion: Subjective health complaints and post-traumatic stress symptoms among workers</a>
dc.rightsAttribution CC BY-NC-NDeng
dc.subjectChemical explosioneng
dc.subjectSubjective health complaintseng
dc.subjectPost-traumatic stress symptomseng
dc.subjectIndustrial accidenteng
dc.titleOdour as a determinant of persistent symptoms after a chemical explosion, a longitudinal studyen_US
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2017 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
dc.source.journalIndustrial Health

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