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Work-Related Asthma: Breathe Easier – Part 2
Presenters:  Dr. Michael Pysklywec, Michelle Tew, and Sonia Lal, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.
Availability:  On demand - watch it now

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Product Description

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 2 focuses on recognition and management of WRA in the workplace.

  • Identification, reduction or prevention of workplace exposures
  • Return-to-work issues and case studies

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 March 21, 2012.

Learn more about Part 1 and watch the recorded webinar.

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

Topics include:

  • 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


  • Dr. Michael Pysklywec, Occupational Health Physician, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.
  • Michelle Tew, Occupational Health Nurse, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.
  • Sonia Lal, Occupational Hygienist & Health and Safety Specialist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.

Target Audience

  • 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

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System Requirements

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.

If your have any questions regarding the online registration process contact CCOHS Client Services. For more information regarding webinars read About Webinars and/or Webinar FAQs.