Workplaces Susceptible To Occupational Asthma

Paint spraying - working with airborne pollutants
There are a wide variety of occupations whose workers could be susceptible to occupational asthma due to being exposed to chemicals or substances that are a by-product of the service or product in which they are employed.

If you currently work in one of the industries noted below, then your employer should be following the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations which are a set of regulations that are there to help minimise the risk to employees that have to deal with potentially hazardous materials as part of their work duties.

For more details about the regulations and the steps that your employer should be following to help protect you against developing occupational asthma take a look at our employers’ legal responsibility section to check that your employer is doing everything that they should be.

Employees that work in the following jobs are classed as being in the high risk category of potentially developing occupational asthma.

Industries whose workers are in the occupational asthma high risk category

  • Aircraft fitters
  • Aluminium cable solderers
  • Bakers
  • Bird breeders
  • Boat builders
  • Boiler cleaning
  • Brewery workers
  • Car sprayers
  • Carpenters
  • Chemists
  • Chrome platers and polishers
  • Cigarette factory employees
  • Coffee bean processing
  • Construction industry
  • Cosmetics manufacturers
  • Detergent manufacturers
  • Drug manufacturers
  • Electronics workers
  • Entomologists
  • Farmers
  • Feather pluckers
  • Foam manufacturing
  • Food technologists
  • Fur dyers
  • Gardeners
  • Grain handlers
  • Hairdressers
  • Health care workers
  • Laboratory workers
  • Laminators
  • Meat wrappers
  • Millers
  • Nickel plating
  • Nurses
  • Oil industry workers
  • Oyster farmers
  • Paint manufacturers
  • Paint sprayers
  • Pharmacists
  • Photographic workers
  • Plastics factory workers
  • Platinum worker industry
  • Poultry workers
  • Printing industry
  • Pulp mill workers
  • Refrigerator manufacturers
  • Rubber workers
  • Solderers
  • Tea sifters and packers
  • Timber millers
  • Tobacco farmers
  • Toy makers
  • Welders
  • Wood finishers
  • Wood machinists
  • Woollen industry workers