Work-related asthma is a debilitating and sometimes
fatal disease. Estimates from the New Jersey 2008-2010 Asthma Call-Back Survey show that just over 54,000 adult NJ residents with a lifetime asthma history have been diagnosed with work-related asthma by a health professional, and about 35,000 have changed or quit a job due to work-related asthma. More than 300 substances
used in the workplace are known to either cause asthma in healthy workers
or aggravate asthma in those who already have the condition.
Work-related asthma can be prevented. New Jersey law requires physicians, physician assistants,
and advanced practice nurses to report work-related asthma cases for
proper public health follow-up. Our Web site provides many resources
for health professionals, working adults with asthma, and employers
in New Jersey.