05/16/2008

Be asthma-aware call

The British Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on
bosses and staff to be asthma-aware.

Ray Hurst, the president of IOSH, Europes largest body for health and safety
professionals, said that occupational asthma continues to be a major issue in
the workplace, costing 18 million working days each year in the UK. Over the
course of a decade, this is estimated to cost 1.1 billion.

Ray commented:

Asthma is a nasty and potentially life-threatening condition for sufferers, but
its often forgotten about. How many of us can say that we know which of our
colleagues have asthma? And how many of us would know what to do if a colleague
suddenly suffered an attack?

Work is, unfortunately, a known cause of asthma. The Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) estimates between 1,500 and 3,000 people develop occupational
asthma each year, rising to 7,000 if you include the number of people who
suffer asthma made worse by their work.

Asthma is something we all need to be more aware of. If you are an asthma
sufferer, make your colleagues aware of your condition, and if theyre doing
something that might trigger an attack make them aware of this.
According to the HSE, the riskiest jobs for occupational asthma are:


  • moulders

  • core makers

  • die casters

  • vehicle spray painters

  • bakers

  • flour confectioners


Ray added:

But its not just these jobs that can cause asthma. Office workers exposed to
dust or excess stress can develop asthma. But if you are already asthmatic and
work in these highly susceptible jobs, make sure your employer protects you
properly from things that could trigger an attack.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health