Exposure to airborne contaminants or adverse conditions at work is an important and preventable cause of asthma and asthma symptoms in adults. About 1 in 4 adults with asthma have asthma that was either caused by their work or is worsened by work conditions.
This is a primary health focused summary paper of a 2020 joint position statement by National Asthma Council Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand which warns that work-related asthma is under-recognised and under-reported in Australia.
This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:
National Asthma Council Australia. Work-related asthma - an update for primary care health professionals. National Asthma Council Australia; Melbourne: 2020. © 2020 National Asthma Council
Although all care has been taken, this summary paper is a general guide only, which is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including for negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained herein.