Cluster of work-related asthma reveals a new asthmagen: AMT at ChemDesign.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2002 Sep; :1-2
In this issue we present a cluster investigation prompted by a report to SENSOR that identified a new sensitizing agent. An astute pulmonologist identified a case of work-related asthma that he suspected was related to other cases being seen by his colleagues. A note written on the Confidential Report of Occupational Disease and Injury alerted OHSP to the cluster. OHSP received Technical Assistance from NIOSH, which performed a comprehensive evaluation including medical, industrial hygiene and toxicological assessments necessary to identify a new asthma-causing agent. Sentinel surveillance succeeded in several important public health functions. Initially, a cluster of WRA was revealed. Subsequent investigation of this cluster provided important information about a previously unrecognized asthmagen, AMT (amino mercapto triazole). The manufacturer implemented methods to reduce exposures to this hazardous chemical. Additionally, state and federal occupational health agencies collaborated to enhance communication and provide a comprehensive evaluation in response to knowledgeable medical evaluation. This sentinel surveillance system relies upon health care providers. Accurate diagnosis of asthma, with follow-up that links symptoms to work are the cornerstones of prevention. Please continue to report confirmed and suspected workrelated asthma cases to OHSP.
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Lung-disease; Work-environment; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Employee-exposure; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Health-care; Surveillance-programs; Lung-irritants; Industrial-hygiene; Toxicology; Medical-screening; Exposure-assessment; Amino-compounds; Amino-groups; Chemical-industry-workers; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Hazardous-materials
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SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
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