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Document ID (ISN)111150
CIS number 10-0663
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-353-2
Year 2009
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches Rapport R-603
Author(s) Labrecque M., Cartier A., Malo J.L., Turcot J.
Title Comparison of two different approaches for identifying subjects with isocyanate occupational asthma
Original title Comparaison de deux approches différentes pour identifier les sujets atteints d'asthme professionnel aux isocyanates [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, 2009. vii, 23p. 22 ref. Price: CAD 5.25. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access Rapport_R-603.pdf [in French]
Abstract Isocyanates are considered the main cause of occupational asthma (OA). To evaluate the severity of OA induced by these substances among Quebec workers, two groups of subjects were recruited, the first identified by a medical surveillance program, and the second receiving compensation from the Occupational Safety and Health Commission (French acronym CSST). Respiratory functional parameters were measured during the diagnosis and again two years later. It was found that subjects suffering from OA identified by a medical surveillance program are less seriously affected at the time of their diagnosis and that the clinical remission of patients is significantly higher after two years. The costs related to the sequelae of OA for which the CSST compensates workers are also significantly lower in the case of subjects detected early.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; isocyanates; diagnosis; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) respiratory function tests; case-control study; medical supervision; health programmes; role of insurance institutions; compensation of occupational diseases; economic aspects; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Isocyanates
Occupational health services
Workplace health promotion