|Document ID (ISN)||112024|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Allan K.M., Murphy E., Ayres J.G.
||Assessment of respiratory health surveillance for laboratory animal workers
||Sep. 2010, Vol.60, No.6, p.458-463. 16 ref.
||Assessment_of_respiratory_health_surveillance.pdf [in English]
||Occupational asthma is the most common work-related respiratory disease in the United Kingdom. Individuals whose work potentially puts them at risk include those exposed to laboratory animals. Workplace health surveillance programmes aim to minimize these health risks but are recognized to be challenging to implement effectively. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the respiratory health surveillance programme provided by an occupational health service (OHS) to individuals potentially exposed to respiratory sensitizers at work with laboratory animals. Case notes from the OHS respiratory health surveillance programme over a two-year period were examined. Symptom detection by the OHS surveillance questionnaire was compared to a cross-sectional questionnaire survey. The surveillance spirometry records were audited against good standards of practice. The current surveillance appears to be effective in identifying potential cases of occupational asthma. Modification of the questionnaire content and layout might improve response rates. This study suggests that spirometry does not detect new cases other than those already identified by questionnaire.
||experimental animals; laboratory work; respiratory diseases; medical supervision; medical examinations; handling of animals
||United Kingdom; allergens; asthma; spirometry; questionnaire survey; reliability; public OSH institutions
||D - Periodical articles
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)