PDC 114

Allergens in the Workplace: Strategies for Prevention of Occupational Allergy and Asthma - SOLD OUT





intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Saturday, May 21 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 50


Management, Risk Assessment and Management, Toxicology


Occupational asthma (OA) is one of the most common respiratory diseases reported in the workplace. Occupational allergy and asthma cases are normally attributed to either irritant processes or as immune mediated. Immunologically mediated occupational asthma cases account for the majority of cases, but the onset and severity of disease is dependent on exposure concentration, exposure route, the pattern of exposure, the latency period, personal factors, and the agent of exposure. This PDC will provide the participant with a complete overview of the etiology of occupational allergy and asthma, the current state of knowledge based on the published literature, as well as the challenges and approaches to executing risk assessments, selection of risk management measures, and medical surveillance for prevention of allergy in the workplace.


Participants should have a fundamental knowledge of the principles of toxicology and/or biology as well as a familiarity with NRC risk assessment paradigm.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop OR tablet/iPad.

Value Added

Attendees will gain an understanding of occupational allergy and practical tools to manage both known and unknown allergens in the workplace.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of risk assessment to potential workplace allergens.
  • Explain the risk factors for occupational exposure leading to development of allergy and asthma.
  • Assess the current state of understanding of the etiology of occupational allergy and asthma as well as limitations of the science and techniques to address those uncertainties.
  • Develop an allergy-prevention program in their workplace and execute a series of practical risk management measures to control exposure and maintain proper workplace.
  • Explain the importance of proper ventilation and process designs as well as preventative maintenance and tracking of process measures to leaders and affected workers.


  • Overview of the issues surrounding managing the risk of occupational allergy and asthma in the workplace
  • Proteomic approaches to characterization of proteins as allergens, toxicological tests and current understanding of mechanisms of allergy
  • Discussion of the current state of understanding of exposure models using industrial enzymes
  • Assigning occupational exposure benchmarks for allergens/asthmages and provide a pragmatic risk management approach to reduce exposure risk
  • Overview of medical surveillance approaches

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Post PDC test
  • Practice exercises

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