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Document ID (ISN)77261
CIS number 01-1424
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Karjalainen A., Kurppa K., Virtanen S., Keskinen H., Nordman H.
Title Incidence of occupational asthma by occupation and industry in Finland
Bibliographic information May 2000, Vol.37, No.5, p.451-458. 30 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to calculate the incidence of notified occupational asthma (OA) by occupation, industry and causative agent in Finland from 1989 to 1995. The numbers of cases of reported OA were retrieved from the Finnish Registry of Occupational Diseases for the population between 20 and 64 years of age, while the numbers of employed workers were retrieved from national statistics. Incidence rates were calculated for each occupation and industry, as well as for the total workforce. Altogether 2602 cases of OA were notified and the mean annual incidence rate was 17.4 cases/100,000 employed workers. The incidence rate was the highest among bakers, painters and lacquerers, veterinary surgeons, chemical workers, farmers, animal husbandry workers, food manufacturing workers, welders, plastic product workers, butchers and sausage makers, and floor layers. Cases caused by animal epithelia, hairs and secretions, or flour, grain and fodder accounted for 60% of the total.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; industries; asthma; Finland
Descriptors (secondary) registers of occupational diseases; frequency rates; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)