ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Français | Español

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)107879
CIS number 08-348
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-120-0
Year 2007
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-494
Author(s) Gautrin D., Malo J.L., Infante-Rivard C.
Title Surveillance of occupational asthma among workers in high-risk sectors
Original title Surveillance de l'asthme professionnel chez des travailleurs dans des secteurs à risque [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2007. viii, 45p. Illus. 46 ref. Price: CAD 8.48. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract Occupational asthma is the occupational respiratory disease most frequently recognized by the occupational safety and health commission (CSST) of Quebec, where some 60 new cases are compensated annually, half of which involve young workers. In some industrial sectors, less than five years elapse between the start of exposure and the appearance of the first symptoms. Close to 400 workers that took part in a previous study on apprentices collaborated in this study, whose objective was to characterize the development of occupational asthma over time. Intermediate symptoms leading to the appearance of probable occupational asthma were followed, namely allergic sensitization specific to laboratory animals, flour and latex, based on the initial training of the participating workers, the respiratory symptoms in the workplace and bronchial hyper-reactivity. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) bakery products industry; Quebec; occupational diseases; asthma; dental assistants; veterinary assistants; apprentices; young persons; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; sensitization; public OSH institutions; Canada; report; latency; symptoms; sensitizers; questionnaire survey; cohort study; long-term study; skin tests; individual susceptibility; statistical evaluation; medical examinations; immunoglobulins
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)