Track: OEM Clinical Practice
William L. Eschenbacher, MD*, VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
William S. Beckett, MD, MPH*, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
David I. Bernstein, MD, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FACOEM*, Mayo Clinic & Mayo College of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Edward Lee Petsonk, MD*, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
Work-related asthma, which includes occupational asthma and work-exacerbated asthma, is the most common form of occupational lung disease in developed countries. Because of the associated morbidity, disability and costs related to this disorder, it is important to evaluate and manage workers with occupational asthma. In this session, attendees will learn about defining occupational asthma/work-related asthma and identifying causes and approaches to the diagnosis of occupational asthma. Guidance will also be given for administrative issues in the workplace for workers with occupational asthma including environmental/engineering controls, respiratory protection, workplace restrictions and maximal medical improvement determination and finally, information will be provided for overall management of the worker with occupational asthma. The target audience for this session is occupational health care providers with clinical interest in pulmonary diseases, as well as those interested in impairment ratings for lung disease, reducing environmental/workplace exposures. This session is sponsored by the Occupational and Environmental Lung Disorder Committee.