Occupational asthma remains a common occupational disease in the UK with up to 3000 new cases being diagnosed each year. HSE estimates that this disease may be costing our society over £1.1 billion pounds each year. In October 2001, the Health and Safety Commission agreed a package of measures aimed at reducing the incidence of asthma caused by exposure to substances in the workplace by thirty per cent by 2010. A new approach to tackling the problem is required, by both HSE and other stakeholders.
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