17 Sep Cleaning Products Can Lead to Asthma
Cleaning Products Can Lead to Asthma
In 2013, a report published by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) estimated that more than 974,000 adults have asthma caused or aggravated by substances they use or are exposed to at work. This number represents about 40% of all adult asthma sufferers in California.
This condition is referred to as “Work Related Asthma” (WRA). WRA can trigger an asthmatic response in workers who already have asthma or even be the cause of new-onset asthma. The asthma is caused or triggered by substances called asthmagens or sensitizers. The more the body is exposed to an asthmagen/sensitizer it becomes more sensitive to it and over time asthma symptoms develop whenever exposure occurs.
How WRA Develops
- Wear gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes.
- Never mix cleaning products.
- Never use a cleaner at full strength when the instructions say to dilute it.
- Be careful in small rooms or rooms with poor ventilation. Leave windows open and bring in fans to keep the air circulating.
- Use less toxic cleaners whenever possible.