Work-related Asthma (WRA) is the most common occupational respiratory disorder in industrialized countries. Early and accurate diagnosis, plus changes in the workplace, can make a difference to the well-being of patients and their co-workers.
To help reduce the high financial and human health costs of WRA, the Ontario Lung Association in collaboration with Ontario Thoracic Society Provider Education Program, McMaster University, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and Health & Safety Ontario are providing workers, employers and primary care healthcare providers with up-to-date guideline-based education on work-related asthma through a two-part webinar series.
Each part is 90 minutes long. The entire webinar series is 3 hours in length.
Part 1 focuses on recognition and management of WRA in the worker/patient.
- Awareness of WRA, including identifying characteristics and workplace agents
- Management of symptoms
- How to seek support for affected workers
Case studies will highlight key points and allow participants to apply lessons learned. Access to numerous free resources is also provided. This webinar was originally broadcast on February 22, 2012.
This webinar series was developed as part of the Asthma Plan of Action, by the Ontario Lung Association, in cooperation with CCOHS and funded by the Government of Ontario.
- What is asthma
- Ontario's Asthma Plan of Action
- What is WRA – categories; incidence/prevalence; agents/triggers
- Management – role of the worker (assess risk, physician diagnosis, talking to workplace)
- Management - role of the workplace (familiarization with agents, worksite evaluations)
- Prevention strategies – exposure control, medical surveillance
Participants will be able to:
- Describe how WRA is recognized
- Name common WRA sensitizers/irritants and high risk job categories
- Describe how WRA can be managed by the worker and workplace
- Primary care health practitioners / providers
- Health & Safety Professionals
- Industrial Hygienists
- Anyone with an interest in learning about the recognition and prevention of work-related asthma
For a PDF copy of the presentation slides, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must have Windows Media 9.0 or higher to view the recorded webinar. You do not need a microphone or a telephone to listen to this webinar - just listen to the presentation through your computer's speakers or headphones.