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Workplace asthma could cost UK 135 mln pounds each year.

Asthma brought on by conditions at work could be

costing the UK up to 135 million pounds a year, researchers said Thursday. Asthma in the workplace can take weeks, months or even years to develop,

depending on the substance a person is exposed to and their individual health. The most common cause of this type of asthma in the UK are chemicals called

isocyanates, which are used in many jobs such as spray painting, foam moulding

using adhesives and surface coatings. Other hazards that can induce asthma include dust from flour and grains,

wood dust in carpentry and joinery, soldering fumes and chemicals used in

floor cleaners, dust from latex rubber and particles from animals or insects. Today's research, published in the journal "Thorax", said an estimated 3,

000 new cases of occupational asthma are diagnosed every year in the UK. Experts predicted the impact of asthma on a person's life, including how

frequently they would use health services. The financial impacts were then divided up between the individual, the

employer and the state and included National Health Service and benefit costs,

lost income and productivity. The cost added up to between 72 and 100 million pounds over the lifetimes

of people with occupational asthma, or 3.4 to 4.8 million pounds a year, and

were twice as big for men as women.

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Date:Nov 25, 2010
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