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In the U.S., an estimated 15% of adult asthma is related to occupational factors. Occupational asthma includes "new-onset" asthma, or asthma that occurs for the first time in response to allergens or irritants in the workplace, and "work-aggravated" asthma, or pre-existing asthma made worse by workplace exposure.

Workers most likely to develop the disease are those with a personal or family history of allergies or asthma and frequent exposure to highly sensitizing substances, but the disease can also develop in individuals with no known allergies.

The primary industries for occupational asthma are: transportation, equipment manufacturing, health services and educational services. Laborers represent 33% of cases, management and professionals 20%, and technical and administrative support workers 19%.

The top reported exposure agents are: chemicals, indoor air pollution, dust, cleaning materials, cutting oils, smoke, paint, latex and mold.

NH Resources for Employees and Employers

Asthma & Cleaning Products: What Workers Need to Know (August 2013) – English | Spanish | French | Nepali | Swahili

NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NHCOSH):

161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett, NH 03106
Phone: 603-232-4406
nhcosh@nhcosh.org

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - Concord Area Office :

J.C. Cleveland Federal Bldg.
53 Pleasant Street, Room 3901
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 225-1629
Fax: (603) 225-1580

Contact: George L. Kliens, C.I.H., OSHA - Assistant Area Director for Concord, NH Area Office

National Resources

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Health Hazard Evaluation Program

American Lung Association

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Occupational Asthma

Professional Organizations

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

American Board of Industrial Hygiene

American College of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)

American College of Governmental and Industrial Hygienist's Link Section: Includes a comprehensive list of websites useful for the occupational health and safety professional.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

American Industrial Hygiene Association

American Safety and Health Institute

Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics

National Environmental Health Association


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