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Occupational Asthma (OA) Triggers and Jobs

Occupational Asthma (OA) Triggers and Jobs

TriggersRelevant Jobs and Workplaces
Flour, amylase and other enzymesBakers
Animal proteins
Laboratory workers
Animal researchers
Farmers
Plant proteins
Farmers
Greenhouse workers
Florists
Grain handlers
Wood
Forestry
Western red cedar workers
Carpenters
Insects
Farmers
Social workers
Laboratory workers (working with insects)
Hydro-electric workers (caddis flies)
Grain handlers, bakers
Enzymes such as protease, amylase and lipase
Detergent formulators
Laboratory workers
Pharmaceutical workers
Surgical instrument cleaners
Moulds and fungi
Contaminated offices and other work buildings
Cheese making
Forestry
Crab, prawn, shellfish and other fish proteins
Seafood (crab, snow crab, prawn) workers
Fish processing plants
Psyllium, natural rubber latex, detergent enzymes
Hospital and geriatric department nurses
Other health-care workers
Pharmacists, pharmaceutical manufacturing (psyllium)
Isocyanates
Polyurethane, adhesives, paint workers
Spray painters
Foundry workers
Soldering flux (colophony)Electronic workers
PlatinumJewellery, alloy and catalyst makers
Chromium, cobaltAlloy, catalyst, refinery workers
Phthalic anhydride, trimellitc anhydride (used in epoxy resins)
Plastics industry
Dye makers
Insecticide makers
Organic chemical manufacture
Formaldehyde
Foam workers
Latex makers
Biologists
Embalmers
Gum Arabic
Printing industry
Nickel sulfate, chromiumMetal plating
Reactive dyesPrinting, fabrics
Glutaraldehyde, methacrylates, antibiotics and other medications
Hospital instrument cleaners
Dentists
Nurses
Pharmaceutical workers
Red cedar (plicatic acid) and other wood dustsWoodworkers, furniture makers
Persulfates, indirect exposure to methyl and ethyl acrylates (artificial nails)
Hairdresser
Manicurist
*If there is something at work that you think is triggering your asthma but it is not listed above, please contact your health-care professional.