Work-related asthma and how it affects teams

Causes and symptoms of work-related asthma

Work-related asthma is exactly as it sounds – asthma, or a disease that affects the lungs causing airways to become narrow or inflamed, possibly caused by over 300 irritants in the workplace. Asthma in a member of the team can cause concern because if there is an irritant in the office, the condition might affect others over time.

Work-related asthma and how it affects teamsAccording to the CDC, work-related asthma is associated with exposure to worksite irritants, allergens, and physical conditions called triggers. Some examples of asthma triggers are:

  • Animal dander and insects
  • Chlorine-based cleaning products
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Materials from cockroaches
  • Cold air
  • Dust from wood, grain, flour, or green coffee beans
  • Dust mites
  • Gases such as ozone
  • Indoor dampness and mold
  • Irritant chemicals
  • Metal dust
  • Physical exertion
  • Pollen and plants
  • Strong fumes
  • Vapors from chemicals (e.g., ammonia, isocyanates, and solvents)
  • Wood smoke

The CDC says that, one of the indicators of work-related asthma is improvement of the condition when away from work for longer time periods like weekends and vacations.

If you have concerns about your teammates and work-related asthma, rest assured that occupational medicine focuses on workplace safety in all workplaces. From physical exams to ideas that help establish a culture of safety, Jet Medical Center’s staff of physicians can help provide services to your team at our office or your work site. Call, click, or message us today to put our expertise to work for you and your business.

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