Care-home workers' exposure to SHS: A short summary of findings


Haw S, Naji A, Semple S & Ayres JG (2009) Care-home workers' exposure to SHS: A short summary of findings. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 66 (9), pp. 639-640.

Smoke-free legislation introduced in 2006 and 2007 across the UK has dramatically reduced the number of workers exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke (SHS). Data collected by our group have shown reductions in airborne respiratory particulate exposure of 86% among bar workers in Scotland.1 However, there are some exceptions to the smoke-free legislation including care-home settings where residents are allowed to smoke in specially designated smoking rooms. There are concerns that people employed in care-homes are being exposed to high levels of SHS. We report here the results from a small study of workers in eight randomly selected care-homes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in Scotland.

Output Type: Letter

Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Volume 66, Issue 9

Publication date30/09/2009
Date accepted by journal16/01/2009
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group

Research programmes

Research centres/groups

Research themes