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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182122376
Original Articles

Reduction in Diisocyanate and Non-Diisocyanate Sensitizer-Induced Occupational Asthma in Ontario

Buyantseva, Larisa V. MD, MS; Liss, Gary M. MD, MS; Ribeiro, Marcos MD; Manno, Michael MSc; Luce, Carol E. BSc; Tarlo, Susan M. MB, BS

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate relative frequency and features of diisocyanate (ISO) and non-diisocyanate (N-ISO) allowed occupational asthma (OA) claims in Ontario, Canada, during a 5-year period (1998 to 2002).

Methods: Records were abstracted from the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board using methodology similar to our previous investigation that had identified 30 ISO and 30 N-ISO claims/yr during 1980 to 1993.

Results: There were 99 OA claims: 37 ISO (7.4 claims/yr) and 62 N-ISO (12.4 claims/yr). The ISO group had more males (86% vs 69%, p = 0.01), but there were no other significant differences. The commonest professions were spray painters (41%) and production workers (38%) in the ISO group and production workers (49%) and health care workers (8%) in the N-ISO group.

Conclusions: ISO and N-ISO claims declined from the previous period, especially for ISO, perhaps because of effective surveillance programs.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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