Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes wheezing, painful coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Occupational asthma occurs as a direct result of exposure to substances in the workplace. Welders, carpenters, healthcare and office workers are amongst those at risk of occupational asthma. Persons with work-related asthma usually have pre-existing asthma that is aggravated by conditions at work.

This topic describes how to identify respiratory sensitisers in the workplace, what to do to minimise employee exposure and the signs and symptoms that are associated with occupational asthma.

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