- Safety and Health Topics
- Occupational Asthma
Asthma is the most prevalent work-related lung disease according to the American Lung Association, (ALA 2008) and NIOSH estimates that more than 2 million people may have work-related asthma (NIOSH 2012). Work-related asthma includes asthma caused by work, termed occupational asthma, and asthma aggravated by work, termed work-exacerbated asthma.
Occupational asthma is addressed in specific OSHA standards for recordkeeping and general industry.
Provides information about the characteristics and symptoms of occupational asthma.
Provides information regarding possible solutions for hazards associated with occupational asthma.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to occupational asthma.
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.