Key Words: administrative controls; aeroallergen; engineering controls; exposure control; health and safety; laboratory animal allergy; personal protective equipment; ventilation
D.J. Harrison. Controlling Exposure to Laboratory Animal Allergens. ILAR Journal 42(1) 2001.
Laboratory animal allergy (LAA) is a common health problem in pharmaceutical research workers. The aetiology of LAA is well established and it is generally accepted that approximately one-third of exposed people may develop symptoms of LAA. The most common symptoms are rhinitis, conjunctivitis and contact urticaria; ~10% of workers may experience the most serious symptom of asthma. A personal history of allergy to common environmental allergens (atopy) and exposure to the animals are considered the most important risk factors for the development of allergy. What is of concern is that despite this knowledge, there continues to be a high prevalence of this disease throughout the western world. This article will therefore focus on strategies for the prevention of LAA.
S. Gordon and R. Preece. Prevention of laboratory animal allergy. Occup. Med. 2003; 53:371–377.