We are leading specialists in Occupational Rhinitis.
Occupational rhinitis is an inflammatory disease of the nose, which is characterized by intermittent or persistent symptoms (i.e. nasal congestion, sneezing, rhinorrhoea, itching) and / or variable nasal airflow limitation and / or hypersecretion arising out of causes and conditions attributable to a particular work environment and not to stimuli encountered outside the workplace.
Occupational rhinitis is closely linked to occupational asthma; the majority of patients diagnosed with occupational asthma also suffer from occupational rhinitis, which most often precedes the development of occupational asthma.
Occupational rhinitis is associated with an increased risk therefore of occupational asthma, although the exact proportion of subjects remains uncertain.
Dust from the following can cause both occupational asthma and occupational rhinitis;
- Bakery dust
- Egg protein
- Fish protein
- Wood dust
So workers involved in baking, milling, malting, fish processing and coopering are at particular risk. Those employed in the production, packaging or handling of spices and seasonings are also at risk in terms of occupational rhinitis.
A duty of care exists for employers under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, which provides a framework for management of health hazards as follows;
- Assess the health risk
- Prevent exposure if reasonably practicable
- Adequate control, if not
- Dust monitoring, health surveillance, examination of plant, training etc.
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