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A 2-day Occupational Health and Safety Forum
The Forum's Title: New Strategies for Recognizing and Preventing Occupational Disease
March 3 & 4, 2005
Toronto, Canada
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Poster Session 5
Occupational Asthma: Prevention Strategies in the Auto Parts Manufacturing, Plastics/Foam and Bakery Sectors
Presented by:Nancy Bradshaw
Barry Lam
JianPing Cui
Occupational asthma (OA) is the most common work-related respiratory disease in Canada. The Auto Parts Manufacturing, Foam and Plastic, and Bakery Industries have some of the highest reported rates and costs from occupational asthma.
In recognition of this problem, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Asthma Plan of Action, and the Ministry of Labour have supported the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) to jointly develop resources and educational tools to help employers and employees in these industries work toward preventing occupational asthma in their workplace.
The IAPA/OHCOW team have developed and disseminated fact sheets on Baker's Asthma for employers and workers in the bakery industry, and on Occupational Asthma for employers and workers in the auto parts manufacturing and plastic/foam industries. In-house presentations have also been provided to approximately 40 workplaces within these industries. Key messages include: the importance of early recognition, seeking immediate medical attention, steps in primary prevention and working with occupational health professionals and your workplace health and safety committee to control exposures to agents that can cause or aggravate work-related asthma.
Ms. Nancy Bradshaw, RD, BASc,
Project Manager, IAPA and OHCOW
7 Castleview Ave
Toronto, ON M5R 1Z1
416-323-6400 Ext 4993
Barry N. Lam, MSc, BMLSc
Occupational Hygienist,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW),
3129 Marentette Ave., Suite 1,
Windsor, ON N8X 4G1
Jianping Cui, MB MSc CIH
Occupational Hygienist,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW),
Toronto Clinic,
970 Lawrence Ave. West, Suite 110,
Toronto, ON M6A 3B6

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