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.

Asthma in detail


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.

The basics for your business

Your trade

Top tips, advice and case studies for jobs with high rates of occupational asthma.

Information on your trade

Your lungs

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.

Your lungs

Advice for employers

There are many things you can do as an employer to reduce the risk of occupational asthma in your workplace.

Advice for employers