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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes the narrowing of air passages, resulting in difficulty breathing. Work-related asthma occurs when a substance or condition as work causes asthma.
Visit www.workrelatedasthma.ca to learn more.
Prevention is the most important goal. Work with your employer to come up with solutions to help control your asthma. This may involve:
After speaking with your doctor, take any prescribed medications and actively avoid your asthma triggers.
Whether it’s “work-exacerbated asthma” or “occupational asthma”, it is important to get it under control as soon as possible. Asthma control involves:
For anyone with asthma, it is important to have a written Asthma Action Plan from your doctor or other health-care provider to help you take better control and reduce the chance of asthma attacks. Take the following steps:
Learn about work-related asthma with through our educational program link.
Learn more about our Provider Education Program (PEP) which offers work-related asthma workshops and an eModule for successful outcomes.
Resources about higher risk occupational fields
What do you do for a living? Deciding on which career is right for you:
Contact one of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers listed here for guidance: www.ohcow.on.ca/
For manufacturing, farming and small businesses, visit: https://wsps.ca/Home.aspx
For construction and transportation visit link: https://www.ihsa.ca/Occupational_Health/OHR_Trades.aspx
For mining and forestry, visit: https://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca
For health care, education and culture, visit: https://www.pshsa.ca/products/asthma-fast-fact/
For a Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) infographic poster visit: https://www.ccohs.ca/products/posters/work-related-asthma/
Visit your family physician or nurse practitioner, who can send you for an asthma breathing test (called spirometry) that measures your lung function.
For further reading, the 1998 Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines for Occupational Asthma are available here.