Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Exercise and Health Sciences / Occupational Health Research Group
A respiratory health study of fly-in-fly-out workers potentially exposed to airborne contaminants, and a control group, was conducted at the Murrin Murrin mine site in Western Australia. Lung function was measured in terms of validated protocols (American Thoracic Society, 1995; Miller et al, 2005). The effect of length of service, as well as work area/department on lung function was established. Repeat lung function tests were conducted after approximately two years, in order to measure decrements over time. Furthermore, testing was conducted on a cohort of refinery workers prior to commencement and upon completion of their work period on-site (swing), in order to detect if there were decrements in lung function over this period. No significant decrements were detected in any of the work areas. Length of service was not related to a decrease in lung function however, effects of smoking were detected in the cohort.