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Document ID (ISN)104607
CIS number 06-118
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosenman K.D., Reilly M.J., Schill D.P., Valiante D., Flattery J., Harrison R., Reinisch F., Pechter E., Davis L., Tumpowsky C.M., Filios M.
Title Cleaning products and work-related asthma
Bibliographic information May 2003, Vol.45, No.5, p.556-563. 33 ref.
Abstract Data from four state-based surveillance systems of work-related asthma were used to identify cases associated with exposure to cleaning products. From 1993 to 1997, 236 (12%) of the 1915 confirmed cases of work-related asthma were associated with exposure to cleaning products. Eighty percent of the reports were of new-onset asthma and 20% were work-aggravated asthma. Among the new-onset cases, 22% were consistent with reactive airways dysfunction syndrome. Individuals identified were generally women (75%), white non-Hispanic (68%), and 45 years or older (64%). Their most likely exposure had been in medical settings (39%), schools (13%), or hotels (6%). Cleaning products contain a diverse group of chemicals that are used in a wide range of industries and occupations as well as in the home. Their potential to cause or aggravate asthma has recently been recognized. Further work to characterize the specific agents and the circumstances of their use associated with asthma is needed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; asthma; cleaning agents
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; case study; frequency rates; sex-linked differences; medical supervision; age-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)