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Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program

About Work-Related Asthma

Asthma is a lung disease. People with asthma sometimes have a hard time breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, and cough.

Asthma has increased in the U.S. and in California in the last decade. It is estimated that workplace exposures are responsible for 15-30% of all new asthma cases among adults in the U.S. Work-related asthma includes new cases caused by exposures at work, as well as asthma that is made worse by conditions at work.

There are over 320 substances known to cause new asthma in people who did not have it before. Sometimes people can work around a substance for many years without a problem. They can later become sensitized, or allergic, to the substance and get new asthma. Also, any irritating substance or common allergen can worsen asthma symptoms in a person who already has asthma. 

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Guidance & Reports Produced by the Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP)

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Additional Work-Related Asthma Resources

General Asthma Resources

Laws & Regulations Relevant to Work-Related Asthma Prevention


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