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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 May;54(5):558-63. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318247a44a.

Prevention of laboratory animal allergy in the United States: a national survey.

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Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Respiratory allergy to laboratory animals is a common and preventable occupational health problem. This study documents current laboratory animal allergy (LAA) prevention programs in the United States.

METHODS:

An online survey was e-mailed to designated institutional officials at laboratory animal facilities identified by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

RESULTS:

A total of 198 organizations responded and more than 80% required the use of uniforms and gloves to control exposure. Respirators were required by 25% of organizations. Medical surveillance was mandated by 58% of organizations (70% for organizations with at least 100 employees working with animals). Work restriction practices varied. Only 25% of organizations reported knowing the prevalence (range: 0% to 75%) and 29% reported knowing the incidence of LAA (range: 0% to 18%).

CONCLUSIONS:

There is broad variation in policy and practice to prevent LAA. An evidence-based consensus would ensure greater protection of workers.

PMID:
22504957
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e318247a44a
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