Archives For: August 2005

Sources of personal exposure to fine particles in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 28, 2005 - 12:24 pm

Kim D, Sass-Kortsak A, Purdham JT, Dales RE, Brook JR. J Air Waste Manag Assoc. 2005 Aug;55(8):1134-46. ABSTRACT: Individuals are exposed to particulate matter from both indoor and outdoor sources. The aim of this study was to compare the relative contributions of three sources of personal exposure to fine particles (PM2.5)...

Workplace prevention activities experienced by workers with contact dermatitis

August 9, 2005 - 3:20 pm

We conducted a needs assessment pilot study to identify some common characteristics of workplaces in which workers develop CD. A survey was developed by the clinic team at the Occupational Disease Specialty Program at St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto), and administered to 17 patients/workers who: (1) had a positive diagnosis of CD, and (2) were employed but stopped work because of complications related to their skin disease. People without a single identifiable workplace but who worked at multiple sites were not included in the study, in order to localize causes to a specific workplace.

Barriers to return-to-work for workers with contact dermatitis

August 9, 2005 - 3:14 pm

Our goal was to identify possible barriers and facilitators to RTW for workers with WRCD. We surveyed 15 patients who were being assessed for possible work-related contact dermatitis at the St. Michael’s Hospital Occupational Health Clinic (Toronto). Our survey probed current work and disease status, and asked participants to identify factors that they perceived to be barriers and facilitators to the RTW process.

Physician-diagnosed asthma, respiratory and cutaneous symptoms, immunologic sensitization and exposures among cleaners

August 9, 2005 - 3:05 pm

The objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of lung and skin symptoms and determine associations between exposures and symptoms. Questionnaires were completed by indoor cleaners and other building workers and results compared between the two groups.

Patch testing for auto mechanics

August 9, 2005 - 2:24 pm

The objectives of the study were the compare the clinical features and patch test results of auto mechanics and machinists and propose additional allergens to be included on a mechanics tray. A retrospective chart review was conducted of all mechanics and machinists evaluated between 2002 and 2005 in the OHC at SMH. Clinical information and patch test results were abstracted.

Acute blood pressure responses in healthy adults during controlled air pollution exposures.

August 1, 2005 - 10:55 am

Urch B, Silverman F, Corey P, Brook JR, Lukic KZ, Rajagopalan S, Brook RD. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Aug;113(8):1052-5. ABSTRACT: Exposure to air pollution has been shown to cause arterial vasoconstriction and alter autonomic balance. Because these biologic responses may influence...