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
- 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.