Given that most adults spend many of their waking hours at work, worksites are a potentially useful place to encourage employees to learn how to manage asthma and prevent asthma attacks. Worksites may include interventions focused on the individual, the physical environment (e.g., clean indoor air), and/or changes in policies to support parents who have children with asthma (e.g., insurance benefits, flexible working hours). Some programs and policies have been offered by management, while others have been developed jointly through labor/management negotiations. There are also interventions that have been developed to build support for employees or their families who have asthma.
In developing your intervention, it is important to consider the feasibility of engaging in these various strategies and to consider alternatives as appropriate. You might choose to improve ventilation, develop an informational pamphlet, or bring in health educators to inform employees about asthma. Many small businesses find it useful and cost effective to work with existing community programs to support employees or their families with asthma off-site. It is also important that the opportunities created are flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees.