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: Asking about tasks as well as jobs helps identify hig exposures to biocides and cleaning agents Asking about tasks as well as jobs helps identify hig exposures to biocides and cleaning agents 10 02 2017
Occupational asthma: Composting workers show no accelerated FEV1 decline in Germany Composting workers show no accelerated FEV1 decline in Germany 21 12 2016
Occupational asthma: Occupational asthma from cardboard boxes? Occupational asthma from cardboard boxes? 20 12 2016
Occupational asthma: Genetically modified allergens cause IgE-related sensitisation not identified by tests for unmodified enzymes Genetically modified allergens cause IgE-related sensitisation not identified by tests for unmodified enzymes 23 08 2016
Occupational asthma: Enzymes in breadmaking improvers can cause sensitisation in bakers Enzymes in breadmaking improvers can cause sensitisation in bakers 14 07 2016

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses Quinot C, Dumas O, Henneberger PK, Varraso R, Wiley AS, Speizer FE, Goldberg M, Zock JP, Camargo Jr CA, Le Moual N, Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses, Occup Environ Med, 2017;74:130-137,doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2016-103606
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA, an author of 'Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses' Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain, an author of 'Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses' Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France, an author of 'Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses'

Abstract Available for Comparing plasma, serum and whole blood indium concentrations from workers at an indium-tin oxide (ITO) production facility Harvey RR, Virji MA, Edwards NT, Cummings KJ, Comparing plasma, serum and whole blood indium concentrations from workers at an indium-tin oxide (ITO) production facility, Occup Environ Med, 2016;73:864-867,10.1136/oemed-2016-103685

Abstract Available for Effects of bioaerosol exposure on respiratory health in compost workers: a 13-year follow-up study van Kampen V, Hoffmeyer F, Deckert A, Kendzia B, Casjens S, Neumann HD, Buxtrup M, Willer E, Felten C, Schöneich R, Brüning T, Raulf M, Bünger J, Effects of bioaerosol exposure on respiratory health in compost workers: a 13-year follow-up study, Occup Environ Med, 2016;73:829-837,10.1136/oemed-2016-103692

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Latest Forum Questions

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Comments for the paper: "Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper", 2016, Allergy
I need the full text for learning and explaining occupational asthma well
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Comments for the paper: "Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses", 2017, Occup Environ Med
This paper tries to estimate exposures to cleaning agents and biocides in nurses and finds that a job-exposure matrix is not very effective at this, but adding a section on tasks is better (a JTEM, job-task exposure matrix). Perhaps there is no real substitute for an occupational history? Exposure to leaning sprays were identified by 20% of nurses, surely something that should be avoided if inhalation of potential causes of asthma is to be avoided.
Published Paper Comments, , 2/10/2017, 2/10/2017,

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.

Oasys Team

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.

Funding

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)
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)
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)

Collaborators

Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA Henneberger, Paul (NIOSH, Morgantown, USA)
Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain Zock, Jan-Paul (Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich Nowak, Dennis (Institute fur Arbeits, Munich)
Katja Radon, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich Radon, Katja (Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich)
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus Schlunssen, Vivi (Aarhus)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London Cannon, Julie (Royal Brompton Hospital London)
Joanna Szram, Royal Brompton Hospital Szram, Joanna (Royal Brompton Hospital)

Known Authors

Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France Dumas, Orianne (Villejuif, France)
Harriet Burge, Burge, Harriet ()
David Hansell, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Hansell, David (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Mohammed Jeebhay, Cape Town Jeebhay, Mohammed (Cape Town)
Alexandra Preisser, Hamburg Preisser, Alexandra (Hamburg)
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Eva Andersson, Andersson, Eva ()
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Dil Sen, Health and Safety Executive, UK Sen, Dil (Health and Safety Executive, UK)

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