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Is your workplace triggering your asthma?

On Behalf of | Jan 15, 2024 | Workplace Illness |

If you have been dealing with asthma, your workplace could be a contributing factor to your respiratory challenges.

Many individuals find relief from their asthma symptoms outside of work, only to experience a recurrence when they are on the job. Could your workplace environment be worsening your asthma?

Potential triggers

Occupational exposures cause 1 in 6 cases of adult-onset asthma. With its diverse industries, California may expose workers to various respiratory irritants. Examine your workplace for potential asthma triggers. Dust, chemicals and allergens are common culprits. If your job involves handling substances that release fumes or dust particles, this could be a significant factor in your asthma symptoms.

Indoor air quality

Poor ventilation and indoor air pollution can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Pollutants like mold or chemicals can contribute to your respiratory distress. Check if your workplace adheres to air quality standards.

Workplace stress

Stress is another factor to consider. High stress levels can trigger asthma symptoms in some individuals. If your workplace has a demanding atmosphere, tight deadlines or interpersonal conflicts, it may impact your respiratory health. Finding ways to manage stress at work could help alleviate your asthma symptoms.

Occupational asthma

Some jobs expose workers to specific substances known to cause occupational asthma. For instance, some industries use chemicals or materials that can lead to respiratory concerns over time.

Next steps

If you suspect your asthma is work-related:

  • Communicate your concerns to your employer
  • Explore potential solutions to minimize exposure
  • Consult with a medical professional

All health care providers in California must report any suspected work-related health problems. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation if your asthma originates from your work environment.

You have a legal right to a safe and healthful workplace. Know your rights and options to get the compensation you deserve.