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Work-related asthma in the Educational Services industry: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993–2000†
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 47–59, January 2008
How to Cite
Mazurek, J. M., Filios, M., Willis, R., Rosenman, K. D., Reilly, M. J., McGreevy, K., Schill, D. P., Valiante, D., Pechter, E., Davis, L., Flattery, J. and Harrison, R. (2008), Work-related asthma in the Educational Services industry: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993–2000. Am. J. Ind. Med., 51: 47–59. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20539
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 SEP 2007
- National Institute for Safety and Occupational Health. Grant Numbers: U60/CCU515856, U60-008338, U60/OH008490-02-S1, U060 OH008468-01
- occupational health;
To characterize work-related asthma (WRA) cases working in the educational services industry identified by state-based occupational disease surveillance systems.
We examined 2,995 WRA cases reported from 1993 to 2000 to four states: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey.
A total of 265 (9%) WRA cases were employed in the educational services industry; 69% of cases were classified as new-onset asthma and 31% as work-aggravated asthma. New-onset asthma cases were further classified as occupational asthma (61%) or as reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (8%). The most frequently reported occupation was teachers and teachers' aides (54%). The most frequently reported agents were indoor air pollutants (28%), unspecified mold (16%), dusts (14%), and cleaning products (7%).
Asthma within the educational services industry is an occupational health problem. The health of school employees should also be considered when initiatives addressing asthma among schoolchildren are instituted. The identification, elimination, and/or control of respiratory hazards are important factors for the protection of staff and students alike. Am. J. Ind. Med. 51:47–59, 2008. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.