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Document ID (ISN)102458
CIS number 03-1183
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bunn W.B., Pikelny D.B., Paralkar S., Slavin T., Borden S., Allen H.M.
Title The burden of allergies - and the capacity of medications to reduce this burden - in a heavy manufacturing setting
Bibliographic information Sep. 2003, Vol.45, No.9, p.941-955. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract This article presents the findings of a systematic study undertaken by a manufacturer to address the impact of allergies and use of allergy medications on health, safety and productivity. Data on 10,714 employees were obtained from employee surveys and administrative databases of the enterprise concerning absenteeism, workers compensation, short-term disability and group health measures. Results show that health and productivity decline, and absenteeism, workplace injuries and workers' compensation claims register consistent increases as allergy severity levels increase. This pattern is less pronounced for the short-term disability and group health measures. Among the 16 parameters registering a significant allergy burden, six posted significant advantages for the use of non-sedating antihistamines relative to other medication regimens that included sedative antihistamines. These results document the burden of allergies and the capacity of effective medication programmes to reduce this burden.
Descriptors (primary) plant health organization; antihistamines; plant health services; motor vehicle industry; allergies
Descriptors (secondary) occupational accidents; health programmes; work efficiency; workmen's compensation; accident absenteeism; injuries; programme evaluation; sickness absenteeism
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Occupational health services