Update: Occupational Asthma Workshop

Once again, IOSH is joining forces with other membership bodies to mark the
European Week for Safety and Health at Work, the theme being hazardous

The POOSH – Professional Organisations in Occupational Safety and Health –
group is to run a one-day workshop on occupational asthma. The event will be
held on 14 October at Regent’s College Conference Centre, London.

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that each year up to 7,000 new
cases of asthma are caused directly through occupations or have work as a
significant contributing factor. Most such cases of asthma occur as a result of
exposure to common agents such as flour, grain, wood dust, laboratory animals
and chemicals such as solder fumes, glues, latex, glutaraldehyde and

The workshop will provide the information necessary to gain an understanding
of how and why asthma occurs, and the actions that can be taken to prevent it.

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, director of the European Agency for Safety and
Health at Work, will deliver the keynote address, and the programme will also
feature plenary presentations on how workplace asthma is caused, the impact of
asthma on both employer and employee, and how asthma can be prevented.

The event costs £45 and bookings must be made by 6 October. For further
information about the workshop and a downloadable booking form, call the
British Occupational Hygiene Society on 01332 298101, or visit www.bohs.org/asthmaworkshop

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