Asthma prevention law called for

Workers developing asthma needlessly

A survey conducted by the Trades Union Congress indicates that 20 workers a day are developing asthma unnecessarily. That amounts to around 7,000 people a year who acquire this potentially life-threatening disorder on the job.

The survey polled nearly 1,000 union safety representatives in workplaces where asthma-causing substances are regularly used. The respondents blamed the increase in the development of this condition on the fact that few employers are following guidelines and general rules regarding asthma prevention.

The survey results have prompted the TUC to call for laws specifying measures for employers to take to curb the spread of asthma.

Some of those most likely to face asthma-causing conditions on the job are manufacturing workers, carpenters, painters, bakers and nurses.

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