Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelPrimary
AuthorJones M
Study Year2014
Molecular Weight of AgentN/A
Agent CategoryN/A
Specific AgentN/A
Occupation Laboratory animal workers
Outcome/DiagnosisThe risk of sensitization to laboratory animals
Activity Intervention The use of respiratory protective equipment
Participation Rate776 workers participated in the survey conducted between 1999 and 2001
Intervention EffectivenessIn employees who worked with animal for <5 years and entered the animal house daily, the use of face masks at first exposure was associated with a significantly lower prevalence of specific sensitization to laboratory animals. While laboratory animal workers with work-related chest symptoms were less likely to use masks compared to those without such symptoms (56% versus 67%, respectively), this difference was not statistically significant.
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