Chemical agents causing occupational asthma  
 
 
 

 

     

Agents causing Occupational asthma

 
 
 

 

Causative Agents/ Chemicals Industry/Job Type
Animal matter, insects, moulds Animal handlers: laboratory/farm
Flour, grain, mites, moulds Bakers, millers
Enzymes Detergent manufacture
Seafoods, sulphites Food processors
Resins, isocyanates Foundries
Wood dust, formaldehyde Furniture, cabinetry, sawmills
Persulphates, henna Hairdressing
Latex, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde Hospital, medical laboratories
Platinum salts, chrome, nickel, cobalt, mineral oils Metal refining, plating, grinding
Antibiotics, enzymes Pharmaceutical manufacture, mixing
Isocyanates, anhydrides, amines, acrylates, epoxy resins Plastics, rubber, adhesives: manufacture/forming/application
Colophony, other fluxes Soldering, electronics
Isocyanates, hardening agents Spray painting, coating
Fluxes, metal fumes Welding

last modified: 22-8-2010