Asthma is a very serious health problem that can ruin lives.
Asthma can be caused in a workplace simply by breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours that can damage your lungs.
Simple changes in your workplace can make it a safer place for you and those working around you.
What do you know?
Health and safety made simple
This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.
Top tips, advice and case studies for jobs with high rates of occupational asthma.
An asthma attack occurs when the airways of the lung become narrowed causing an obstruction to the flow of air. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and a tightness in the chest.
During an asthma attack the muscle wall contracts and the lining of the airways becomes swollen and inflamed, these changes cause the airways to narrow.
Advice for employers
There are many things you can do as an employer to reduce the risk of occupational asthma in your workplace.