Associations Between Fragrance Exposures and Work-Related Asthma

The March 2017 edition of The Journal of Asthma contains an article characterizing “work-related asthma (WRA) cases associated with fragrance exposures in California workplaces from 1993 through 2012.” Researchers “used the California Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program’s Surveillance database” to find individuals with WRA “associated with the use of air fresheners and scented personal care products (perfumes, colognes, etc.).”

The researchers found “perfume was the ninth most common exposure,” and “a total of 270 WRA cases associated with fragrance exposure were reported during this period.” 242 of the included cases were associated with perfume or cologne, 32 with air fresheners, and 4 with both. “Nearly a quarter of fragrance-associated cases were classified as new-onset asthma,” and “fragrance-associated cases were significantly more likely to be in office, health, and education jobs.” In addition, “when compared to non-fragrance cases, fragrance cases were significantly more likely to be female” and “be classified as having work-related asthma.”

For the article’s abstract, click here.

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