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Document ID (ISN)105096
CIS number 06-642
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brant A., Nightingale S., Berriman J., Sharp C., Welch J., Newman Taylor A.J., Cullinan P.
Title Supermarket baker's asthma: How accurate is routine health surveillance?
Bibliographic information June 2005, Vol.62, No.6, p.395-399. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract A supermarket chain with 324 in-store bakeries producing bread from raw ingredients conducted a three-stage health programme involving around 3000 bakery employees. The first stage involved a respiratory symptoms questionnaire. If symptoms were present, a second questionnaire focusing on workplace exposures was administered. If employees were considered exposed, specific IgE to flour and fungal α-amylase were determined in blood. Results were compared to those of an independent cross-sectional survey of employees in 20 of the company's stores. Surveillance estimated that 1% of bakery employees had work-related symptoms with specific IgE. This compared with 4% in the cross-sectional survey, suggesting that that routine surveillance can underestimate the workplace burden of disease. The reasons are unclear and additional research needs to be done into the design and efficacy of surveillance in occupational asthma.
Descriptors (primary) bakery products industry; medical supervision; supermarkets; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; enzymes; amylase; flour; allergy tests; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; programme evaluation; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Retail industry
Food industry