Asthma is one of those tricky disorders that impacts many people but that medical professionals do not yet fully understand. In fact, they're often up front about the fact that they're not sure precisely what causes the disorder, though it may be possible to pinpoint triggers in individual people.
As it turns out, though, many workers in New Hampshire actually think that they're working conditions cause or at least contribute to their asthma. A third of all workers responded in the affirmative when asked. While they are still a minority, this shows that a very significant percentage of the workforce could be suffering on a day-to-day basis due to the workplace.
If you think that asthma isn't that common, it's important to take a look at the raw numbers in New Hampshire alone. Here are some of the totals for the number of workers in specific industries who suffer, to one degree or another, from asthma:
-- Social Assistance or Health Care: 95,498 workers.-- Retail: 88,932 workers.-- Manufacturing: 86,553 workers.-- Education: 72,073 workers.-- Construction: 49,230 workers.-- Scientific occupations: 46,240 workers.--- Food service: 43,991 workers.-- Financial industries and insurance: 33,263 workers.
This list is not exhaustive, of course, but it does a good job of showing the industries in which asthma is the most common. For these workers, if something in the workplace environment has caused them to have asthma or if their conditions are being aggravated in an unnecessary manner, employment can have a huge impact on their quality of life.
If you've been suffering in the workplace because of asthma, you may want to look into your rights.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, "Asthma Prevalence among New Hampshire Workers, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011-2012," accessed June 02, 2015