Health Professionals

"Health practitioners should enquire of any adult patient with new, recurrent or deteriorating symptoms of rhinitis or asthma about their job, the materials with which they work and whether their symptoms improve regularly when away from work." - BOHRF occupational asthma guidelines.

This section of the website caters for health professionals with little or no knowledge of occupational asthma. It is suitable for nurses, doctors, GP's (in the UK), technicians and health and safety personnel.

The principal reccomendations from the BOHRF occupational asthma guidelines contain the current UK based advice. If you are not trying to become an expert then they may be all that you need to know. Principal reccomendations from the BOHRF occupational asthma guidelines
The agents section contains information on the occupational asthma causative agents / sensitisers. Related jobs, references and links are provided. Occupational asthma Causative Agents / sensitisers logo
The jobs section contains information on the dangers of occupational asthma in selected jobs. References and links are provided. The risks of occupational asthma by job
Interactive occupational asthma case histories. This section is for doctors, nurses and other health professionals who manage workers who might have occupational asthma. You will be asked to select investigations, suggest diagnoses and offer a management plan for different workers. Interactive occupational asthma case histories
Overview of occupational asthma. This article was published in "Practical Issues of asthma management", issue 24 and is a good introduction to the subject.
Francais Overview of occupational asthma Francais (Asthme Professionnel)
Deutsch Overview of occupational asthma Deutsch (Berufsasthma)
Overview of occupational asthma

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Resources for Health Professionals

Occupational Asthma Clinic Visit Proforma
Detailed Respiratory survey

Pages for Health Professionals

Occupational asthma: Standards of care for occupational asthma Standards of care for occupational asthma

Links for Health Professionals

E learning for generalists about occupational asthma
A series of cases introducing the basics of the occupational asthma guidelines to generalists and GPs. You have to register on the BMJ learning site first (free)

Association for respiratory technology and physiology
Website for respiratory physiologists which has useful information about lung function, sleep and other related subjects. It has a forum to post questions to and job adverts.

Lungs At Work, London, UK
Runs clinical and immunological services for occupational and environmental diseases. Runs training courses on occupational asthma for occupational physicians and health and saftey personnel.

NetWoRM (Net-based-training for work-related medicine)
Web-based patient cases for training of medical students, physicians in training for occupational medicine and for continuing medical education.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
In the UK the Health and Safety Executive is the branch of government responsible for the prevention of occupational asthma. The website has information about the commoner causes of occupational asthma such as Isocyanates, Flour, Grain and Wood dust, Gluteraldehyde, Latex, Solder / Colophony, Laboratory animals and some glues and resins.

NIOSH surveillance guidelines for occupational asthma
Surveillance guidelines for US state health departments. Includes reporting reccomendations and decision making flow chart.

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