Occupational Asthma

General Information

Date Added Resource Source
Oct 2015

Washington SHARP Asthma Publications


Washington Department of Labor and Industries SHARP program provides many publications related to Occupational Asthma, including guides targeted to specific agents.

May 2015

Cleaning for Asthma-Safer Schools Reduces Asthma Risk, Saves Money


The NIOSH Science blog addresses preventative strategies to reduce asthma risk in schools, May 21, 2015.

May 2015

Fragrances Can Cause or Trigger Work-related Asthma


The Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP) of the California Department of Public Health is releasing new fact sheets on fragrances and work-related asthma for May, Asthma Awareness Month.

May 2013

Work-Related Asthma (WRA) in California (PDF)


This chapter on work-related asthma in California is from "Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report."

Aug 2012

Healthy Environments: A Compilation of Substances Linked to Asthma (PDF)


This report was prepared by Perkins+Will on behalf of the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research Facilities, Division of Environmental Protection, as part of a larger effort to promote health in the built environment. Our research team noted that based on extensive experience, there is a need for more research on the impact that materials and conditions in the built environment have on occupant health.

May 2012

Work-Related Asthma — 38 States and District of Columbia, 2006–2009


Work-related asthma (WRA) includes work-exacerbated asthma (preexisting or concurrent asthma worsened by factors related to the workplace environment) and occupational asthma (new onset asthma attributed to the workplace environment.

Aug 2008

Oregon Worker Illness and Injury Prevention Program: Work-related Asthma (WRA) (PDF)


This issue of “Putting Data to Work” provides partners with a scope of the problem summary, Oregon epidemiological data and basic information about the condition, resources, case summaries and prevention activities as provided by OWIIPP at Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division.

Jun 2008

Asthma in the Workplace: Information and prevention - 7 summary fact sheets


The IRSST has just published a fact sheet presenting these two respiratory diseases in a general way as well as six other fact sheets that present the risk factors more specifically, and propose means of protection adapted to six occupational environments, all newly available in English.

Aug 2005

UK Health & Safety Executive Asthma Homepage


HSE estimates that each year between 1,500 and 3,000 people in Great Britain develop occupational asthma. This rises to 7,000 cases a year if you include asthma made worse by work (work-related asthma).

Aug 2005

Work-Related Asthma


Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) publications on work-related asthma, including the publication, “Your Lungs, Your Work, Your Life: What you should know about work-related asthma.”

Aug 2005

WISHA Online Safety Course: Occupational Asthma


Subjects covered include: your lungs, your work, your life; what you should know about work-related asthma; what is work-related asthma; what are the symptoms of work-related asthma; what causes work-related asthma; who gets work-related asthma; how is work-related asthma diagnosed; can work-related asthma be prevented; and additional resources.

(Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
Aug 2005

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Asthma and Allergies


Millions of people suffer from allergies caused by every day exposures to agents such as dust mites, cat dander, and pollens. Agents encountered by workers can also cause allergic problems such as asthma, nasal and sinus allergies, hives, and even severe anaphylactic reactions. Examples of these work-related agents include animal proteins, enzymes, flour, natural rubber latex, and certain reactive chemicals.

Aug 2005

Occupational Asthma: OSHA Standards


OSHA has few standards specific to occupational asthma. However, safety from such hazards can be addressed from the following standards, as well as the OSHA Act of 1970, General Duty Clause 5(a)(1).

Aug 2005

OSH Answers: What is Occupational Asthma?


Asthma is a respiratory disease. It creates narrowing of the air passages that results in difficult breathing, tightness of the chest, coughing, and breath-sounds such as wheezing.