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Special issue on work-related asthma.
Occupational Health Surveillance Update 2006 May; :1-24
The risk of developing work-related asthma is a dose-related response. However, on many occasions followup to the workplace of a patient with work-related asthma has not found elevated or even any measureable air levels of the suspedcted workplace allergen. In some cases, the history will reveal changes in production between the onset of asthma and the inspection. In other cases, a history of spills is elicited. Studies have found a dose-response relationship between the number of spills and disease. Air levels will be low or unmeasureable on the day of inspection since no spill is taking place that day. Proper spill clean-up procedures, appropriate personal protective equipment and preventive maintenance can protect workers from exposure during spills. In some situations where air levels are unmeasurable, there is also no history of spills or production changes.
Bronchial-asthma; Workers; Work-environment; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiration; Respirable-dust; Respiratory-system-disorders; Public-health; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors
Occupational Health Surveillance Update
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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