What causes occupational asthma?
Half of all cases of occupational asthma are caused by the following substances:
- isocyanates (chemicals found in 2-pack spray paints, etc.);
- flour dust;
- grain dust;
- cutting oils and coolants;
- glutaraldehyde (a disinfectant mainly used in the healthcare sector);
- wood dust;
- natural rubber latex;
- solder/colophony (colophony, also called rosin, is used in some types of solder flux);
- laboratory animals; and
- resins and glues.