Work-related Asthma

Employees and Employers

There are two main categories of work-related asthma: occupational asthma and work-exacerbated asthma (sometimes known as work-aggravated asthma). Occupational asthma describes asthma caused by worksite exposures. Work-exacerbated asthma describes existing asthma that worsens because of worksite exposures to irritants, allergens, or physical conditions. Work-related asthma that is not identified and managed early can get worse. Work-related asthma reduces productivity and quality of life.

Page last reviewed: May 15, 2017