Cleaning products linked to adult asthma

24th of January 2013
Cleaning products linked to adult asthma

People who work with cleaning products are at risk of developing asthma, say UK experts who have explored the link. The study of more than 7,000 people suggests exposure to bleach and other chemicals is a factor in one in six cases of adult-onset asthma among British people in their mid-50s.

A total of 18 high-risk jobs were identified, four of which involved cleaning. General cleaners, office cleaners, domestic helpers and care workers all featured on the list.

Experts say a person's working environment is to blame rather than their occupation.

Lead researcher Dr Rebecca Ghosh said cleaning products were starting to be recognised as a potential cause of asthma and referred to COSHH guidelines in controlling exposure.



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