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Work-related asthma surveillance, Massachusetts, 1995 - 2008.

Authors
Fitzsimmons-K
Source
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2010 Aug; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20042630
Abstract
This issue of the Bulletin includes a summary of cases of work-related asthma (WRA) identified in Massachusetts from 1995-2008. Although the number of cases identified by the surveillance system is believed to be only a small fraction of the total number of persons with WRA in the Commonwealth, the data provide important information about the industries and occupations where workers are at risk and about workplace exposures that need to be addressed. Cases of work-related asthma (WRA) are sentinel health events that indicate the need for preventive intervention. Massachusetts and four other states conduct surveillance to identify cases of WRA and describe industries, occupations and exposures that need attention. For surveillance purposes, a case of WRA is defined as an individual with a physician's diagnosis of asthma and an association between the asthma symptoms and work. WRA includes two main categories: 1) pre-existing asthma aggravated by workplace exposures, and 2) new-onset asthma caused by sensitizers or irritants in the workplace. Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS) is a subset of new-onset asthma distinguished by persistent asthma symptoms caused by a one-time high level irritant exposure.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Disease-prevention; Employee-exposure; Physicians; Airway-resistance; Diagnostic-tests
Contact
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Publication Date
20100801
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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