Table 2

Adjusted OR of atopic and non-atopic asthma by occupation, the Finnish Environment and Asthma Study 1997–2000

OccupationAtopic asthma cases
(n=156)
Non-atopic asthma cases
(n=187)*
Controls (n=932)*
nOR†95% CInOR†95% CIn
Bakers and food processors44.691.18 to 18.6910.530.06 to 4.497
Chemical industry workers415.762.64 to 94.1214.190.31 to 56.602
Cleaners82.000.82 to 4.86121.440.69 to 3.0334
Construction and mining workers20.690.15 to 3.1541.580.51 to 4.8931
Day-care workers42.340.71 to 7.7130.800.22 to 2.8616
Dentists and dental workers013.480.21 to 56.821
Drivers20.970.21 to 4.4721.090.24 to 4.9223
Electrical and electronic production workers21.030.22 to 4.9621.470.31 to 6.8714
Engine workshop workers20.740.16 to 3.4021.450.32 to 6.6121
Farmers and agricultural workers31.000.29 to 3.45112.361.10 to 5.0635
Forestry and related workers14.210.31 to 57.3115.770.49 to 67.582
Fur and leather workers11.240.14 to 11.2010.690.08 to 6.036
Glass, ceramic and mineral workers23.110.56 to 17.4006
Hairdressers031.190.23 to 6.246
Housewives30.930.25 to 3.47018
Laboratory technicians007
Metal workers52.180.74 to 6.38148.373.77 to 18.5923
Maternity leave11.050.12 to 9.1207
Nurses and nursing associates61.110.43 to 2.8870.780.33 to 1.8541
Painters11.780.21 to 15.2207
Physicians021.970.38 to 10.238
Printers010.690.08 to 5.848
Rubber and plastic workers22.160.41 to 11.3243.450.92 to 12.847
Retired61.930.72 to 5.19171.270.66 to 2.4561
Sick leave001
Storage workers10.630.08 to 5.0552.600.87 to 7.8114
Students121.450.65 to 3.2472.360.89 to 6.2329
Textile workers32.360.62 to 9.0341.200.37 to 3.9213
Other occupations141.50.77 to 2.94120.930.47 to 1.8573
Unemployed163.061.52 to 6.1750.640.24 to 1.7242
Waiters64.671.40 to 15.5642.790.76 to 10.187
Wood and paper workers31.500.39 to 5.7721.480.31 to 7.1414
Total153177901
Occupation missing31031
Professionals, clerks and administrative391.00491.00317
  • Statistically significant effects are shown in bold.

  • *Smoking missing for 2 controls and for 2 cases with non-atopic asthma.

  • †Adjusted for age, gender and smoking.