|Document ID (ISN)||106252|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Concerns for asthma at pre-placement assessment and health surveillance in platinum refining - A personal approach
||Dec. 2005, Vol.55, No.8, p.595-599. 16 ref.
||The platinum refining process involves exposure to various irritants and allergens, which can induce asthma or aggravate pre-existing asthma. Prospective employees for platinum refining need to be assessed carefully to establish their respiratory health status. Routine medical surveillance has shown a reduction in the persistence of asthma among sensitized workers who cease exposure to platinum salts upon diagnosis. Skin prick tests using dilute platinum salt solutions can detect sensitization at an early stage and this has become the mainstay of all surveillance programmes, as it is objective, reproducible and predictive for the development of symptoms when exposure is allowed to continue. Smoking also constitutes a significant risk factor.
||asthma; medical supervision; sensitization; pre-employment medical examinations; platinum and compounds
||allergens; irritants; platinum; transfer to other work; diagnosis; skin tests; smoking
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Metal production and metalworking
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)