Your Lungs, Your Work, Your Life : What you should know about work-related asthma. What’s Included in this Overview?. What is work-related asthma? What are the symptoms of work-related asthma? What causes work-related asthma? Who gets work-related asthma?
the airways in your lungs
become narrow and too much mucus is produced.
asthma that is made worse by their work exposures.
• Chest Tightness
• Shortness of Breath
There are hundreds of exposures in the
workplace that can cause work-related
asthma. Some examples include:
Workers in many different jobs can get work-related asthma. Some examples common in Washington include:
These tests may include:
If your doctor has confirmed that you do have asthma, then your doctor may do more tests to decide if your asthma is related to your work.
If you have questions or are concerned about your breathing, see your doctor now.
Asthma is a serious disease. If untreated, it may severely affect your health or even cause death.
Work-related asthma can get better if diagnosed early and treated properly.
Yes, there are steps that your employer can take to make your workplace healthier:
There are steps you can take too:
area that cause or make your asthma worse.
financial hardship, this should only be done after talking to your doctor.
Don’t smoke or stop smoking.
Work-related asthma must be
diagnosed and treated early or it
may become a chronic (lifelong)
illness. Therefore, it is important
to see your doctor now if you
think you may have work-
Some workers might have a
higher risk because of a family or
personal history of allergy or
asthma. These workers should
talk to their doctor before
entering trades with a lot of
chemicals or dust.
Developed by the staff of:
The Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. (http://www.SHARP.LNI.wa.gov)
Developed by the staff at:
Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OHSEP), Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Health Services
Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
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