Cleaning jobs ‘link’ to adult asthma

Cleaning products ‘linked to adult asthma’

A good excuse to not do cleaning?

People who work with cleaning products risk developing asthma, believe UK experts who’ve explored the link.

Their study of greater than 7,000 people suggests exposure to bleach and other chemicals is an element in a single in six cases of adult-onset asthma among British people of their mid-50s .

The study, in Thorax, identified 18 high-risk jobs – four of which involved cleaning.

Top of the list were farmers, followed by aircraft mechanics and typesetters.

General cleaners, office cleaners, domestic helpers and care workers all featured at the list.

So too did hairdressers and laundry workers.

Experts say a person’s working environment is guilty in preference to their occupation per se.

Inhaled particles

Hundreds of occupational agents were associated with asthma. This includes flour and grain in addition to detergents.

Fine particles might be inhaled into the airways and cause irritation.

Lead researcher Dr Rebecca Ghosh said cleaning products were growing to be recognised as a possible reason for asthma.

She said there have been specific Control of gear Hazardous to Health (COSHH) guidelines on the topic of cleaning products.

Employers are expected to manipulate exposures to hazardous substances and report any cases of occupational asthma.

“Occupational asthma is widely under-recognised by employers, employees and healthcare professionals. Raising awareness that here’s a nearly entirely preventable disease will be a primary step in reducing its incidence,” Dr Ghosh said.

Malayka Rahman, of Asthma UK, said: “We recommend anyone who works within the industries highlighted on this study and who’ve experienced breathing problems to debate this with their GP, and we urge healthcare professionals to make certain they give thught to possible occupational causes in adult-onset asthma and tailor their advice to those with asthma accordingly.”