Work-related asthma cases: Massachusetts SENSOR 1993 - 2001.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2002 Jul; :1-3
An important element of public health surveillance is to provide feedback to reporters. As promised, we are devoting one Bulletin of the year to the presentation of summary data on cases of work-related asthma reported to Massachusetts SENSOR. Since 1993, after mandatory reporting requirements went into effect, 825 cases have been reported to Massachusetts SENSOR. Although this number is believed to be only a small fraction of the total number of work-related asthma cases in the Commonwealth, the data provide a picture of the industries and occupations where workers are at risk for work-related asthma in Massachusetts. The information presented in this issue is an overview of data collected through interviews with 430 cases between 1993 and 2001. A more extensive analysis is underway. Between January 1993 and December 2001 SENSOR received 825 case reports of work-related asthma (WRA). These reports include cases of new-onset occupational asthma, including Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS) and cases of workaggravated asthma. Interviews were completed with 458 cases (58%). During the interview, 28 cases were determined not to be work-related asthma according to the SENSOR WRA surveillance case definition. Summary data pertaining to the remaining 430 interviewed cases are described in this bulletin.
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
SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health