Oasys and Occupational Asthma

This website contains information on Occupational Asthma and a free multi award winning computer program called OASYS, which is used to help diagnose Occupational Asthma from serial peak flow records. Oasys shows further information and downloads for the Oasys program. References is a searchable database of more than 5000 published papers in the field of occupational asthma. Causes shows some of the causes of occupational asthma. The Shield scheme reports some statistics for occupational asthma, mainly in the West midlands region, UK. BOHRF shows the evidence based occupational asthma guidelines for the UK. The interactive Case Histories are a learning resource for interested health professionals. There are also Medics, Specialists, Employers and Worker sections.

Latest News

Occupational asthma: Oasys February 2020 Released Oasys February 2020 Released 13 02 2020
Occupational asthma: Oasys back online Oasys back online 07 02 2020
Occupational asthma: Oasys currently unavailable Oasys currently unavailable 05 02 2020
Occupational asthma: Website downtime / transfer Website downtime / transfer 31 01 2020
Occupational asthma: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis caused by bacteria within healthy sapwood rather than the wood itself Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis caused by bacteria within healthy sapwood rather than the wood itself 01 01 2020

Latest Publications

No Abstract Available for Occupational asthma caused by welding dust: a case report Zhai ZH, Yu JH, Hu XL, Song LL, Ji ZX, Occupational asthma caused by welding dust: a case report, Chinese journal of industrial hygiene and occupational diseases, 2020;38:50,10.3760/cma.j.issn.1001-9391.2020.01.012

Abstract Available for The Burden of Respiratory Abnormalities Among Workers at Coffee Roasting and Packaging Facilities Harvey RR, Fechter-Leggett ED, Bailey RL, Edwards NT, Fedan KB, Virji MA, Nett RJ, Cox-Ganser JM, Cummings KJ, The Burden of Respiratory Abnormalities Among Workers at Coffee Roasting and Packaging Facilities, Front Pub Health, 2020;8:5,10.3389/fpubh.2020.00005

Full Text Available for Asthma Symptoms in Bakeries at Parakou, Benin Ade S, Adjobimey M, Agodokpessi G, Kouassi MS, Gounongbe FA, Cisse I, Hounkpatin SHR, Asthma Symptoms in Bakeries at Parakou, Benin, Pulm Med, 2020;:3767382,10.1155/2020/3767382

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Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Delayed occupational asthma from epoxy exposure.", 2019, Occup Med
hardeners are isophorone diamine (2); diethyltoluene diamine; 1,3-diamine pentane; 4-methyl-1-piperazine diamine; 4,4,diaminocyclohexyl methane; 4-4 methylenebis(N,N-diglycyl aniline; 1,4-butanediol diglyceryl ether
Published Paper Comments, , 2/24/2020, 2/24/2020,

Comments for the paper: "Exposure and response to methyl isocyanate: results of a community based survey in Bhopal", 1988, Br J Industr Med
This study occurred before Bhopal evacuation and was centred on eye disease, much of the respiratory data was incomplete
Published Paper Comments, , 2/3/2020, 2/21/2020,

Comments for the paper: "Sequential Respiratory, Psychologic, and Immunologic Studies in Relation to Methyl Isocyanate Exposure over Two Years with Model Development", 1992, Environ Health Perspect
This is a study of the railway colony studied remotely in Bombay
Published Paper Comments, , 2/3/2020, 2/21/2020,

The Website

This website is run by the Oasys research group, part of the Midland Thoracic Society, UK. We are an independent group of clinicians and researchers, and run a clinical service for workers with occupational lung disease as part of the British National Health Service. We have developed the Oasys program to help ourselves and others in the diagnosis of occupational asthma. We have no specific funding, relying on research grants and the enthusiasm of our group. The website is written by Cedd Burge, who receives some funding from the group. The group meets about every 6 weeks on a Wednesday evening, as shown below.

As a casual user of this site (without logging in or registering) you can view all the information and use all the contact pages. Registered and logged in users (registering is free and we won't abuse your email) can download and use the Oasys program, ask and reply to questions in the forums, leave comments, add new references, add abstracts and full text links to existing references, answer questions in the case histories and provide evidence and suggest questions for future evidence based guidelines.

If you would like to be added to the list of known authors or collaborators then please register with the website (if you have not already done so) and then get in touch from the contact page. Once we have set the page up you will be able to edit it yourself and indicate which references you have written. Your picture will then be displayed along with each of these references. If you are already in these lists and would like to edit your page then please register with the website and then get in touch from the contact page.


Recent research grants / contracts have been received from the following.

The Oasys Team

Wasif Anees, Oasys Anees, Wasif (Oasys)
John Belcher, Oasys Belcher, John (Oasys)
Phil Bright, Oasys Bright, Phil (Oasys)
Cedd Burge, Oasys Burge, Cedd (Oasys)
Geraldine Burge, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Burge, Geraldine (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Sherwood Burge, Oasys Burge, Sherwood (Oasys)
Celia Catton, Oasys Catton, Celia (Oasys)
Vicki Drought, Oasys Drought, Vicki (Oasys)
Angela Evans, ARTP Evans, Angela (ARTP)
Paul Gannon, Dupont Gannon, Paul (Dupont)
Mike Hendy, Oasys Hendy, Mike (Oasys)
John Jackson, Jackson Hocking Limited, UK Jackson, John (Jackson Hocking Limited, UK)
Sarah Manney, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Manney, Sarah (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Jennifer McCoach (now Croft), Oasys McCoach (now Croft), Jennifer (Oasys)
Emmet McGrath, Oasys McGrath, Emmet (Oasys)
David Miedinger, Lucern, Basel and Montreal Miedinger, David (Lucern, Basel and Montreal)
Vicky Moore, Oasys Moore, Vicky (Oasys)
Darren Newton, Oasys Newton, Darren (Oasys)
Charles Pantin, Keele, UK Pantin, Charles (Keele, UK)
Edward Parkes, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Parkes, Edward (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital Robertson, Alastair (Selly Oak Hospital)
Arun Dev Vellore, Oasys Vellore, Arun Dev (Oasys)
Gareth Walters, Heartlands Walters, Gareth (Heartlands)


Piero Maestrelli, Padova University, Italy Maestrelli, Piero (Padova University, Italy)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA Henneberger, Paul (NIOSH, Morgantown, USA)
Annemarie Money, Manchester University Money, Annemarie (Manchester University)
Melanie Carder, COEH Manchester Carder, Melanie (COEH Manchester)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital Feary, Jo (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Irmeli Lindstrom, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Lindstrom, Irmeli (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Jennifer Hoyle, North Manchester General Hospital Hoyle, Jennifer (North Manchester General Hospital)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)

Known Authors

Stephan Keirsbilck, IDEWE occupational Health Belgium Keirsbilck, Stephan (IDEWE occupational Health Belgium)
Laurens de Sadeleer, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven B-3000, Belgium de Sadeleer, Laurens (University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven B-3000, Belgium)
Raymond Agius, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University Agius, Raymond (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University)
Martin Seed, Manchester University Seed, Martin (Manchester University)
Rolf Merget, Bochum Merget, Rolf (Bochum)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Alexandra Preisser, Hamburg Preisser, Alexandra (Hamburg)
Peri Meram Arbak, Duzce University, Turkey Arbak, Peri Meram (Duzce University, Turkey)

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