Swedish Study of 13,000 People Finds High-Risk Occupations for Asthma
A study of 13,000 people carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden has identified occupations that carry a higher risk of asthma. The study found that total incidence was 1.3 asthma cases per 1,000 men, and 2.4 cases per 1,000 women.
The high-risk occupations for asthma include:
Spray painters, who are exposed to diisocyanates in paint
Plumbers, who handle adhesives and foam insulation
Cleaners, who handle detergents
Health care and social services personnel, who are exposed to detergents and latex in latex gloves, especially if the gloves contain powder
Food and tobacco industry workers, who are exposed to proteins from the vegetable kingdom
Hair stylists, who handle chemicals in bleach and nail beauticians, who use fast-acting glue.