Asthma, Fragrance, and Job Accommodation

Fragrances Can Cause or Trigger Work-related Asthma

The Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP) of the California Department of Public Health released new fact sheets on fragrances and work-related asthma.

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Information available (May 2015):

Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma: Information for Workers (PDF) – fact sheet

Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma: Information for Employers (PDF) – fact sheet

Workplace Fragrance-Free Policy (Word) – fact sheet

From the Press release

Perfumes and fragrances used in personal care products, cleaning products, and air fresheners in the workplace can cause or trigger asthma. They are made up of many different chemicals, including several known to cause asthma, even in people who have never had asthma before.

WRAPP has found over 250 people reporting work-related asthma from fragrance exposures in many indoor work settings – including schools, hospitals, offices, and manufacturing.

New fact sheets for workers and employers explain work-related asthma, how it can be prevented from fragrance and perfume exposures, and what to do if a worker experiences symptoms. They include a model fragrance-free policy that can be customized for any workplace.

These and other resources are available here:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/Pages/AsthmaPubs.aspx

 

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