Occupational Asthma

Occupational Asthma

Occupational Asthma is a disorder of the lungs caused by substances found in the workplace causing the airways to swell and narrow.  This can be typed as Allergic or Irritant. Depending on the form of exposure, occupational asthma can be sudden or develop months later.

Work Aggravated Asthma is a pre-existing condition that has been worsened by workplace exposure.

Symptoms of Occupational Asthma include:

  1. Wheezing
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Chest tightening
  4. Coughing
  5. Breathing difficulty

In addition the following may also occur:

  1. Nasal congestion
  2. Runny nose
  3. Eye irritation

Examples of causative agents:

  1. Grains, flours, plants and gums
  2. Isocyannates and metals
  3. Animals insetcs and fungi
  4. Drugs and enzymes
  5. Chemicals/Materials
  6. Woods

Which professions are considered to be at risk:

  1. Bakers (Bakers asthma is mainly caused by inhalation of cereal flour, particularly wheat flour)
  2. Tailors
  3. Metal Workers
  4. Farmers
  5. Animal Handlers and Veterinarians
  6. Bakers and Millers
  7. Carpet Makers
  8. Electronic Workers
  9. Hairdressers
  10. Janitors and Cleaning Staff
  11. Spray Painters
  12. Textile Wokers


There are full guidelines available from the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF).

Requirements in accordance with The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH):

  • • Assess the risks and decide what precautions are needed
  • • Prevent or adequately control exposure by elimination or substitution
  • • If that is not possible use engineering controls such as enclosure and extraction
  • • As a last resort personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • • Ensure control measures are used and maintained
  • • Monitor the exposure regularly
  • • Provide health surveillance to at risk groups


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