Asthma and Rhinitis

Work related asthma affects workers inhaling dust which are respiratory sensitizers. Primarily affecting those working in  food and construction industries.

Respiratory sensitizers:

  • isocyanates (e.g. spray paints)
  • wood dusts
  • flour and grain dust
  • solder flux
  • laboratory animals
  • glues and resins
  • glutaraldehyde (Cidex)
  • chemicals in hairdressing.

Managing Prevention Complying with the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulation provides a framework for management of health hazards:

  • assess the health risk
  • prevent exposure, if reasonably practicable
  • adequate control, if not
  • dust monitoring, health surveillance, examination of plant, training

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