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Document ID (ISN)110553
CIS number 10-0053
ISSN - Serial title 1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
Year 2010
Convention or series no. Fascicule 16535 G-20, 1-2010
Author(s) Malo J.L., De Guire L., Labrèche F., Labrecque M., Gautrin D.
Title Occupational asthma with and without a latency period
Original title Asthme professionnel avec et sans période de latence [in French]
Bibliographic information 1st Quarter 2010, No.166, 17p. Illus. 118 ref.
Abstract This review article summarizes the epidemiological, environmental, psychosocial and medico-legal aspects of occupational asthma. Based on surveys of the general population, 15% of asthma patients declare stronger symptoms at the place of work. Some suffer from occupational asthma (OA), namely a type of asthma caused by agents that are present at the place of work. Studies on prevalence among workers exposed to environments known to be risky show that approximately 2% of workers exposed to protein derivatives suffer from OA, a level that reaches 5% for workers exposed to chemicals. Frequencies are the highest among painters exposed to diisocyanates and bakery product workers exposed to flour dust and enzymes. Risk factors include exposure intensity, and to a lesser degree, individual factors such as atopy.
Descriptors (primary) France; occupational diseases; asthma; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) occupational medicine; isocyanates; flour; proteins; airborne dust; painting; diagnosis; latency; limitation of exposure; individual susceptibility; bakery products industry; delayed effects; encyclopaedia
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)