Health Surveillance for Occupational Asthma and other Respiratory Diseases

Health Surveillance for Occupational Asthma and other Respiratory Diseases

Occupational Asthma is a major occupational health problem. If your work involves a substance that can cause occupational asthma, you should undergo regular surveillance.

The following substances are known to cause occupational Asthma:

  • Isocyanates (e.g. two-pack spray paints)
  • Flour dust
  • Grain dust
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Wood dust
  • Latex powdered natural rubber gloves
  • Rosin-cored solder fume
  • Laboratory animals
  • Glues and Resins

These are common occupations/industries where occupational Asthma can occur:

  • Motor vehicle repairers – Mechanics
  • Bakeries, food processors – Bakers
  • Beauty services i.e. – Hairdressers
  • Cleaning services – Domestic engineers
  • Healthcare services – Nurses, Doctors, Health care workers
  • Commercial and Domestic Building/Construction – Builders, Plasteres, Painters
  • Electronics – Electricians, Maintenance engineers
  • Metal Fabricators – Welders
  • Woodworkers (including forestry) – Lumber jack

Other respiratory health risks are lung cancer, upper airway irritation such as Rhinitis and Conjunctivitis.

Most respiratory health surveillance programmes would include:

  • Health Questionnaire
  • Height Measure – to advise on body mass index (BMI)
  • Lung Function test – commonly known as Spirometry/Breathing Test
  • Employee leaflet information
  • Smoking cessation advice where appropriate
  • Blood Pressure

These procedures performed by Spirit Occupational Health Service would be able, to inform management on early signs of both work-related respiratory health issues and none work-related respiratory health issues. Health issues identified early can save businesses time and money.

If you would like further information on Respiratory Screening please contact Spirit Occupational Health Service.