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Fact Sheets Address Asthma in Baking, Dental Hygiene, Other Professions
New fact sheets published by IRSST, a nonprofit scientific research organization in Quebec, Canada, discuss how to prevent asthma in the workplace in six different professions: baking and pastry-making, carpentry and joinery, dental hygiene, plastering, animal health, and plumbing and heating. Each fact sheet provides information on the chemical hazards specific to each industry, examples of potentially harmful products and substances, and how to control exposures. For example, bakery and pastry workers may inhale irritant or sensitizing dusts or mists or their skin may come into contact with irritant or sensitizing substances as they weigh and add ingredients, process dough, and clean equipment and work surfaces. Certain products used by dental hygienists such as filling materials, materials for impressions, plaster products, antiseptic cleaner, and latex gloves may also lead to health risks.
The fact sheets are available from IRSST’s website.
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