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Health And Safety - Asthma

Asthma is a very serious health problem that can ruin lives.
Asthma can be caused in a workplace simply by breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours that can damage your lungs.

Shortness of breath, wheezing and painful coughing are just some of the symptoms that occupational asthma sufferers may have to deal with every day.

Asthma in detail

Health & safety made simple


Simple changes in your workplace can make it a safer place for you and those working around you.

What do you know?

Your lungs

An asthma attack occurs when the airways of the lung become narrowed causing an obstruction to the flow of air. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and a tightness in the chest.

During an asthma attack the muscle wall contracts and the lining of the airways becomes swollen and inflamed, these changes cause the airways to narrow.

Your lungs

Working with others

HSE works closely with external and internal partners to help deliver the reduction in occupational asthma.

Working with others

Asthma quiz

Have a go at our fun quiz to see what you know about occupational asthma

Try the asthma quiz