Grim statistics on occupational asthma

first_imgGrim statistics on occupational asthmaOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Seven thousand people develop asthma because of their work every year – theequivalent of 134 people every week – according to new figures from the TUC. The statistics, published in the union body’s Risk online bulletin, come asit launches a series of new courses for union reps. There are around 3.7 million adults with asthma in Great Britain, with morethan 10 per cent suffering because of work. The main causes are latex gloves, flour dust in bakeries, isocyanates usedin painting and other processes, laboratory animals, solder fumes, wood dust,glutaraldehyde (used as a disinfectant), glues and resins. Research by the TUC has also suggested the number of people developingasthma because of exposure to substances at work is several times the officialestimates of 1,500-3,000 a year. This summer the HSC will be introducing a new, legally binding Approved Codeof Practice on the control of substances that cause occupational asthma. Itwill be an appendix to the new COSHH Regulations 2002.

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