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Document ID (ISN)106252
CIS number 07-403
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Linnett P.J.
Title Concerns for asthma at pre-placement assessment and health surveillance in platinum refining - A personal approach
Bibliographic information Dec. 2005, Vol.55, No.8, p.595-599. 16 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) asthma; medical supervision; sensitization; pre-employment medical examinations; platinum and compounds
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; irritants; platinum; transfer to other work; diagnosis; skin tests; smoking
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)