Work-related asthma cases reported to Massachusetts SENSOR, March 1992 - December 1996.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 1997 Feb; :1-2
An important element of public health surveillance is to provide feedback to reporters. Therefore, we are devoting the first Bulletin of the year to the presentation of summary data on cases of work-related asthma reported to Massachusetts SENSOR. The information presented in this issue includes data collected since March 1, 1992 when mandatory reporting requirements went into effect. A total of 460 physician case reports of known or suspected work-related asthma had been received by SENSOR as of December 31, 1996. 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 we are collecting is beginning to provide a picture of the types of industries and occupations where workers are at risk for work-related asthma in Massachusetts. As some of you may know, we are currently in the fifth year of a five year SENSOR grant funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This grant supports our surveillance systems for occupational asthma, work-related carpal tunnel syndrome and injuries to working teens. In the coming months, we will be competing for the next iteration of SENSOR funding. Accordingly, we are in the process of evaluating our surveillance system for occupational asthma. In January, a group of professionals working in the fields of occupational asthma research and treatment met to discuss the future of occupational asthma surveillance in Massachusetts. At the meeting, we received a great deal of support and many suggestions for continuing with occupational asthma surveillance in Massachusetts. We would welcome your thoughts as well. Thank you for your continued cooperation in reporting cases to SENSOR.
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