Ameille J, Pauli G, CalastrengCrinquand A et al, Reported incidence of occupational asthma in France, J Occup Environ Med, 2003;60:136-41,

BOHRF Original Authors' Main Conclusions

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New cases of occupational asthma were collected by a national surveillance programme, based on voluntary reporting and a network of occupational and chest physicians. In 1996-99 the mean annual rate of occupational asthma was 24/million. Rates in men were higher than in women (27/million versus 19/million). The most frequently incriminated agents were flour (20%), isocyanates (14%), latex (7%), aldehydes (6%), persulfate salts (6%), and wood dusts (4%). The highest risks of occupational asthma were found in bakers and pastry makers (683/million). The authors conclude that the relevance of the programme is confirmed by the annual reproducibility of the results and consistency with other surveillance programmes.

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