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 regarding possible solutions for hazards associated with occupational asthma.
- Isocyanates: Do You Have Work-Related Asthma? A Guide for You and Your Doctor. OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3707), (2014).
- Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers and Workers. OSHA, (2013). OSHA has developed this step-by-step toolkit to provide employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.