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Cleaning jobs linked to asthma risk

March 5, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — A new study indicates there is a strong link between professional cleaning and the risk of developing asthma, according to a press release.

Researchers at the Imperial College London have tracked the occurrence of asthma in a group of nearly 9,500 people born in Britain in 1958, finding that, not including those that had asthma as children, nine percent developed asthma by the age of 42, the release stated.

the ashkin groupAccording to the release, while one in nine of these cases were attributed to smoking, an even higher number of cases — one in six — were workplace related.

"Occupational asthma is widely under-recognized by employers, employees and healthcare professionals," said Dr. Rebecca Ghosh of the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London and the study's lead author.

"Raising awareness that this is an almost entirely preventable disease would be a major step in reducing its incidence," Ghosh added.

The report, however, is not news to those working in the professional cleaning industry, the release noted.

"While the study did not note whether the cleaning workers in the study were using green or traditional cleaning products, we have known for more than two decades that exposure to cleaning chemicals on a regular basis can be a health hazard. This study now confirms this," said Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.