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Massachusetts SENSOR (Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk) work-related asthma, 1993 - 2006.

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SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2007 Jul; :1-4
This issue of the Bulletin includes a summary of cases of work-related asthma (WRA) reported to Massachusetts SENSOR from 1993 through 2006. Although the number of cases identified by the surveillance system is believed to be only a small fraction of the total number of WRA cases in the Commonwealth, the data provide important information about the industries and occupations where workers are at risk of WRA and about workplace exposures that need to be addressed. An updated version of the "Occupational Disease and Injury Reporting Form" is also provided, with changes to the collection of race and ethnicity. Please continue to report cases of work-related asthma using the enclosed form. Cases of work-related asthma (WRA) are sentinel health events that indicate the need for preventive intervention. Massachusetts and three other states track cases of WRA to identify these sentinel health events and describe the 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 symptoms of asthma and work. WRA includes two main categories: 1) preexisting 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.
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Lung-disease; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Employee-exposure; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Health-care; Disease-prevention; Airway-resistance; Surveillance-programs; Medical-monitoring; Lung-irritants; Health-surveys; Information-systems; Statistical-analysis
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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Healthcare and Social Assistance
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SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division