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State-based surveillance for work-related asthma: 5 years of SENSOR data, 1993-1997.

Filios MS; Schill DP; Valiante D; Flattery J; Harrison R; Davis L; Tumpowsky CM; Pechter E; Reilly MJ; Rosenman KD
APHA 130th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 9-13, 2002. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2002 Nov; :44215
The rising prevalence of asthma has garnered increasing recognition and activity at state and federal levels. Work-related exposures may account for up to 29% of cases among adult asthmatics. Yet there is a dearth of surveillance data for WRA, a preventable condition. Surveillance and intervention programs for WRA, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in California (CA), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), and New Jersey (NJ) as part of the Sentinel Event Notification Systems for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) program, represent a primary source of WRA surveillance data. Presented are provisional summary data from these four programs. A total of 1879 interviewed and confirmed cases of WRA were reported to NIOSH for 1993-1997. The primary source of case ascertainment was from health care professionals (90%). Cases were classified using a standard case definition and classification scheme as either 'work-aggravated' (19%) or 'new onset' (81%). Indoor air pollutants, chemicals, dusts, cutting oils, cleaning materials, and paint were among the most frequently reported exposures. Health Services accounted for the highest proportion of cases within CA (16%), MA (31%), and NJ (15%), and the second highest within MI (9%); Educational Services ranked second or third among three of four states. Data related to Educational Services will be highlighted. These data are useful for targeting prevention efforts, identifying mutual opportunities for collaboration, and increasing the recognition of the preventable burden of asthma related to work.
Bronchial-asthma; Occupational-exposure; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-health; Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Indoor-air-pollution; Dust-exposure; Dust-particles; Dusts; Cutting-oils; Cleaning-compounds; Paints; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Indoor-environmental-quality
Surveillance Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, Mail Stop H-G 900.2, Morgantown, WV 26505
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APHA 130th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 9-13, 2002
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