Work-related Asthma

Work-related asthma is a debilitating and sometimes fatal disease. Estimates from the New Jersey 2008-2010 Asthma Call-Back Survey show that just over 54,000 adult NJ residents with a lifetime asthma history have been diagnosed with work-related asthma by a health professional, and about 35,000 have changed or quit a job due to work-related asthma. More than 300 substances used in the workplace are known to either cause asthma in healthy workers or aggravate asthma in those who already have the condition.

Work-related asthma can be prevented. New Jersey law requires physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses to report work-related asthma cases for proper public health follow-up. Our Web site provides many resources for health professionals, working adults with asthma, and employers in New Jersey.

 

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