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Document ID (ISN)108309
CIS number 08-844
Year 2006
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 474
Author(s) Boyd R., Cowie H., Hurley F., Ayres J.
Health and Safety Executive
Title The true cost of occupational asthma in Great Britain
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2006. xii, 122p. Illus. 104 réf.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr474.pdf [in English]
Abstract In 2000 the Health and Safety Commission published a ten-year occupational health strategy for the United Kingdom. The strategy sets an ambitious target for occupational asthma (OA) of a reduction of 30% in newly incident cases by 2010. The strategy contains several components, including information, education and research. This study was undertaken to develop detailed estimates of the cost of OA, in order to raise awareness among employers, workers and policy-makers as to the potential gains from adopting measures to reduce the incidence of OA. The total number of newly reported cases of OA in the United Kingdom in 2003 was 631, of which 442 were male workers and 189 were female workers. The total costs to society of these new cases of OA are estimated to range from GBP 71.7-100.1 million, or about GBP 3.4 -4.8 million per year over the lifetime of the disease. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; United Kingdom; role of government; economic aspects; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) information dissemination; public OSH institutions; frequency rates; cost of diseases; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)