Opportunities and Obstacles in Translating Evidence to Policy in Occupational Asthma

Research paper by Susan M. Tarlo, Ahmed A. Arif, George L. Delclos, Paul Henneberger, Jenil Patel

Indexed on: 04 Apr '17Published on: 31 Mar '17Published in: Annals of Epidemiology


Occupational asthma (OA), a common respiratory disorder in Western countries, is caused by exposures at the workplace. It is part of a broader definition of work-related asthma (WRA) that also includes pre-existing asthma aggravated by substances present in the workplace environment, and it is potentially preventable. In three Case Studies we discuss preventive measures that have been associated with reductions in incidence of occupational asthma from natural rubber latex and from diisocyanates. We also discuss challenges in relation to asthma from cleaning products in healthcare work.