Research Updates

Clearing the air at work

Gabrielle Lis

Can workplace interventions ease occupational asthma? Are there benefits to reducing risk factors at work, or is eliminating exposure the only safe bet?

In an updated Cochrane Review of interventions for occupational asthma, researchers found that eliminating exposure to workplace agents (i.e. things that cause asthma) brings the greatest improvements in terms of asthma symptoms. Eliminating exposure also helps lung function. Reducing exposure also improves asthma symptoms – e.g. introducing personal protective equipment or raising knowledge and awareness amongst workers. Reducing exposu...

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