1 in 6 cases of adult asthma caused by workplace environments

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SummaryHigh risk agents implicated are flour, enzymes, cleaning/disinfectant products, metal etc.

results, people exposed to low risk agents were 20 per cent more likely to have asthma diagnosed as an adult than those who had not been exposed to any risk.

Those exposed only to high risk agents were 53 per cent more likely to have the condition, while those exposed to both types of agents were 34 per cent more likely to do so.

The high risk agents implicated were flour, enzymes, cleaning/disinfectant products, metal and metal fumes, and textile production.

All in all, the researchers calculated that 16 per cent of adult onset asthma among those born in the late 1950s could be explained by the types of jobs held.

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