Letters Occupational asthma

Smaller employers are less likely to provide occupational health support

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4326 (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4326
  1. Paul J Nicholson, chair1,
  2. David P Fox, member1
  1. 1Occupational Medicine Committee, British Medical Association, London WC1H 9JP, UK
  1. pjnicholson{at}doctors.org.uk

Feary and colleagues’ definition of occupational asthma (OA)1 differs from the UK consensus definition: “asthma which is induced by exposure in the working environment to airborne dusts, vapours or fumes, in workers with or without pre-existing asthma.”2

OA can be sensitiser induced (about 90% of cases), characterised by latency between first exposure …

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