|Document ID (ISN)||102458|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Bunn W.B., Pikelny D.B., Paralkar S., Slavin T., Borden S., Allen H.M.
||The burden of allergies - and the capacity of medications to reduce this burden - in a heavy manufacturing setting
||Sep. 2003, Vol.45, No.9, p.941-955. Illus. 12 ref.
||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.
||plant health organization; antihistamines; plant health services; motor vehicle industry; allergies
||occupational accidents; health programmes; work efficiency; workmen's compensation; accident absenteeism; injuries; programme evaluation; sickness absenteeism
||D - Periodical articles
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Occupational health services