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Document ID (ISN)106253
CIS number 07-306
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gannon P.F.G., Berg A.S., Gayosso R., Henderson B., Sax S.E., Willems H.M.J.
Title Occupational asthma prevention and management in industry - An example of a global programme
Bibliographic information Dec. 2005, Vol.55, No.8, p.600-605. Illus. 11 ref.
Abstract A global supplier of isocyanate-based automotive coatings developed a programme to address the known potential effects of isocyanates on its workers. The goals of the programme are the prevention, early detection and mitigation of asthma and dermatitis among workers exposed or potentially exposed to isocyanates and products containing isocyanates. The programme includes assessment of exposure, pre-placement questionnaires, spirometry, training of employees, regularly administered questionnaires, medical assessment for abnormal questionnaire responses, process for early reporting and investigation of symptomatic employees and incidents, data review and management reporting. These control measures are relatively inexpensive and can be applied even in small businesses. It is recommended that all employers who manufacture, handle or use isocyanate-containing products consider such a strategy.
Descriptors (primary) health programmes; chemical industry; dermatitis; paints; asthma; isocyanates
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; questionnaire survey; programme evaluation; information of personnel; medical supervision; medical examinations; spirometry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium; Canada; Switzerland; Mexico; USA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Skin diseases
Isocyanates
Chemical industry
Cyano compounds
Workplace health promotion