The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3056.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - 8:30 AM

Abstract #48408

Work-related asthma

Robert Harrison, MPH, CIH, Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Health Services, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901, Oakland, CA 94612, Margaret S. Filios, ScM, RN, Surveillance Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, Mail Stop H-G 900.2, Morgantown, WV 26505, Donald P. Schill, MS, CIH, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, P.O. Box 360, John Fitch Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625, and Elise Pechter, MPH, CIH, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108, (617) 624-5626,

Asthma incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality have been increasing. Recent studies suggest that 21 to 29% of adult asthma may be attributed to occupational exposures. Recent CDC efforts have sought to integrate attention to work-related asthma in state planning processes. What is work-related asthma? How is it diagnosed? What work exposures have been associated with new onset asthma? Who is affected? How can state-based public health prevention efforts address work and community issues together?

This panel, with representatives from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and four states that conduct sentinel surveillance, will discuss work-related asthma and its relation to state asthma planning. The panel will include an overview of work-related asthma, review of five years of surveillance data from four states (NJ, MI, CA, MA), integrating work-related asthma into state-based plans and case studies.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to

Keywords: Asthma, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Occupational Asthma

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA