‘Culture Change Vital’ To Reducing Occupational Asthma Cases

Expert Calls For Improvement In Knowledge On Issue

23.10.2014

A culture change is needed on workplace illness to ensure that workers are able to go to their employers and speak openly about health issues and concerns, according to a leading health and safety expert.

In a column for Safety Health Practitioner, Professor David Fishwick said the traditional approach of improving knowledge on issues such as occupational asthma should work hand-in-hand with the modern approach of ensuring people can talk openly about their concerns.

The chief medical officer of Health and Safety Laboratory added that strong leadership was particularly key to ensuring a more caring approach to the issue of workplace illness.

“A culture change is needed; from one where health is not mentioned or considered and regarded only as the responsibility of doctors, to one where workers feel able to discuss their health issues and concerns, and to work directly with their employers to improve their working lives,” he explained.

“The workplace is also an ideal site to educate and support workers specifically in relation to asthma and other health problems.”

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Expert Opinion
Our work helping victims of workplace illnesses such as occupational asthma means we have seen the significant debilitating impact that the conditions can have on lives – often leaving people unable to continue with jobs and having a significant effect on their health and wellbeing.

"It is vital that employers understand their responsibilities in this area and ensure everything is done to keep their workers safe. In addition, they should also look to foster better communication on the issue and ensure employees are given key information on what they can do on the issue."
Mark Allen, Associate Director