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Workplace: Occupational Asthma

Posted on August 27, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

This past week we have been focusing on indoor air quality in commercial buildings and in the workplace. According to a study by The American Lung Association, “Over 127 million people live in counties that received an F for either ozone or particle pollution. Nearly 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that receive an F for air quality because of unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution. That is the outside air and now keeping the indoor air is as important since we spend most of our time indoors. Occupational Asthma is the most common occupational lung disease in the United States.

Several contaminants found in the workplace can affect the air quality. According to OSHA, “An estimated 11 million workers in a wide range of industries and occupations are exposed to at least one of the numerous agents known to be associated with occupational asthma.” There are different components that can cause irritation to individuals in different industries. Occupational asthma results from exposure to allergens or irritants on the job. These exposures can lead to new cases of asthma or worsen existing asthma. The condition can cause wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.Exposure control and reducing or eliminating airborne irritants can help reduce exposures to safe levels.Partnering with a professional technician to create an indoor air quality management plan can help improve the indoor air quality in a workplace to create a comfortable environment for employees.  AirTek is dedicated in creating cleaner, healthier, and more energy-efficient indoor environments for 25 years.

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infographic provided by lung.org

 

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