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Document ID (ISN)112024
CIS number 11-0665
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Allan K.M., Murphy E., Ayres J.G.
Title Assessment of respiratory health surveillance for laboratory animal workers
Bibliographic information Sep. 2010, Vol.60, No.6, p.458-463. 16 ref.
Internet access Assessment_of_respiratory_health_surveillance.pdf [in English]
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) experimental animals; laboratory work; respiratory diseases; medical supervision; medical examinations; handling of animals
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; allergens; asthma; spirometry; questionnaire survey; reliability; public OSH institutions
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Animal hazards