Prevention of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - minimization of occupational factors

Project No. FF-FP 0391




The study aims to estimate the attributable proportion of COPD due to occupational exposure and the distribution by industrial branches and occupations. Analyses stratified by specific jobs, different exposure categories of gases, vapors and fumes will be considered as well as gender, smoking habits and previous employments.
The results will be used to develop specific and tailored measures of prevention at the work places. One special focus will be on cleaning workers (vapors of detergents) and biologic dust.
Too many employees have inadequate knowledge on COPD, but because of the demographic change and longer working lifetime a growing number of employees will be exposed and affected.


Participants (45 to 75 years) will be recruited in a cohort study. Using standardized questionnaires we will ascertain self-reported data on occupational exposure to inhaled fumes, gases or vapors. To identify exposed participants screening questions are the starting questions of an extensive questionnaire on the occupational history up to date or to date of retirement. To ascertain also complex job biographies and periods of unemployment correctly, the participants will have the possibility to fill in the electronic questionnaires at home, consulting their documents like employment contracts. If necessary a study nurse will assist.
Every participant will receive a bodyplethysmography at the study center, carried out by specially trained personal. Further data on health, life style etc. will be complemented in specific questionnaires.

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Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e. V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
  • Zentralinstitut für Arbeitsmedizin und Maritime Medizin (ZfAM), Hamburg

-cross sectoral-

Type of hazard:

dangerous substances


prevention, diseases of the respiratory tract (except cancer), exposure

Description, key words:

pulmonary disease, COPD, Hamburg City Health Study