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Document ID (ISN)111264
CIS number 10-0798
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-286-3
Year 2008
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches - Rapport R-574
Author(s) Malo J.L., Gautrin D., Maghni K., Martin J.
Title Bronchial irritation syndrome - From epidemiological monitoring to the mechanisms
Original title Le syndrome d'irritation bronchique - De la surveillance épidémiologique aux mécanismes [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, 2008. vii, 38p. Illus. 10 ref. Price: CAD 8.40. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access Rapport_R-574.pdf [in French]
Abstract Bronchial irritation syndrome is a form of occupational asthma that manifests itself following exposure to a high concentration or to several low exposures to a non-specific irritant. The worker then develops respiratory symptoms suggestive of asthma that can lead to a permanent functional disorder. The objective of this study was to identify the risk factors and characteristics of bronchial irritation among workers having been exposed to irritants. It involved 115 workers newly hired between 1995 and 2004 in a metalworking industry, who were followed several times over a period of a few years by means of pulmonary function tests and questionnaires, in particular on their possible accidental exposure to chlorine. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; irritants; asthma; metalworking industry; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; chlorine; symptoms; respiratory function tests; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; medical examinations; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceQuebec
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)