Population considerations:

  • Environment. Occupational asthma can be found in much higher frequency in industrial settings, as opposed to non-industrial settings (Zacharisen, 2002). Workers in industrial settings frequently have a greater exposure to causative agents found to trigger asthma. These agents include dyes, metals, latex and wood dusts. Some causative agents produce chronic forms of asthma even after the trigger exposure has been removed.

  Strategies to address these considerations:

  • Increase awareness and education. It is important to educate workers about the risks of occupational exposures (Zacharisen, 2002).
  • Provide skills training. It may be useful to provide workers with training on how to use and maintain personal protective equipment (e.g., dust masks and respirators) to reduce workplace exposure to causative agents as well as providing training on ventilation and containment procedures to help to minimize the risk or magnitude of exposure.

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