Work-related asthma among laboratory animal workers.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2011 Jan; :1-2
Laboratory workers, maintenance workers in animal facilities, veterinarians and others who work with animals on a regular basis may be at risk for developing allergies and work-related asthma. Massachusetts has a large number of research laboratories that handle animals and the number of workers exposed may be increasing. Of the top 11 bio/pharma states, Massachusetts was one of four states that added jobs this decade. Employment in Massachusetts bio/pharma industries grew 60%, from 29,046 in 2000 to 46,553 in 2009, outpacing the Massachusetts economy overall. Many universities and companies with animal facilities have programs to protect employees who work with animals. This Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin summarizes research on laboratory animal allergies and asthma and includes prevention recommendations developed by the National Institutes of Health to protect their laboratory workers.
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Air-contamination; Indoor-air-pollution; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Animals; Laboratory-animals; Maintenance-workers; Veterinarians; Allergens; Allergic-reactions; Allergies; Laboratory-workers; Case-studies; Health-care; Disease-prevention
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health