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SWORD '99: surveillance of work-related and occupational respiratory disease in the UK.

Authors
Meyer-JD; Holt-D; Chen-Y; Cherry-NM; McDonald-JC
Source
Occup Med 2001 May; 51(3):204-208
NIOSHTIC No.
20029671
Abstract
Systematic reports from chest and occupational physicians under the SWORD and OPRA (Occupational Physicians Reporting Activity) surveillance schemes continue to provide a picture of the incidence of occupational respiratory disease in the UK. An estimated total of 4393 incident cases (comprising 4530 diagnoses) were reported during the 1999 calendar year, an increase of 1427 cases over the previous year. Benign pleural disease was the single most frequently reported condition (28% of all diagnoses reported). Occupational asthma cases (1168; 26%) remained high, as did mesothelioma (1032; 23%). Analysis of trends over the past 8 years shows an increase in mesothelioma cases, but little change in asthma. The annual incidence per 100,000 employed people, 1996-1999, for mesothelioma, lung cancer and pneumoconiosis was high amongst construction workers (28.7), miners and quarrymen (26.5), woodworkers (18.9) and gas, coal and chemical workers (15.2). Trends in mesothelioma incidence by birth cohort continue to show an increase in construction workers and a continuing decline in shipyard and insulation workers. The relative proportion of pneumoconiosis cases attributed to coal mining has fallen steadily in workers born since approximately 1920 and most cases are now in men who have been employed in quarrying and rock drilling.
Keywords
Occupational-diseases; Diseases; Respiratory-system-disorders; Epidemiology; Bronchial-asthma; Lung-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pneumoconiosis; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards
Contact
Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester, Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
CODEN
OCMEE8
Publication Date
20010501
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T01-CCT-310455
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0962-7480
Source Name
Occupational Medicine
State
WV
Performing Organization
West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Morgantown, West Virginia
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