Hazardous Job Tasks Linked to Occupational Asthma Sorted by Job-Task Category

Job Task Name

Job Task Category

Use epoxy, isocyanate, or formaldehyde-resin adhesives, finishes, or sealants

Applying Glues or Sealants

Spray chlorothalonil or tetramethrin (pesticides)

Applying Pesticides

Use polyfunctional aziridine hardener in paints, varnishes, or other coatings

Applying Surface Coatings

Spray epoxy or polyurethane paint, shellac, lacquer, or varnish

Applying Surface Coatings

Dye or bleach hair, or use ethanolamines in beauty culture

Beauty Culture

Use methacrylates to apply artificial fingernails

Beauty Culture

Use ethanolamines in cleaning products

Cleaning or Disinfecting

Disinfect or sterilize medical equipment

Cleaning or Disinfecting

Use chloramine-T for cleaning or disinfecting

Cleaning or Disinfecting

Work as cement floorer with exposure to chromate salts

Construction

Use chromates or dichromates in tanning

Dyeing or Tanning

Grind, mix, or weigh dyes or apply dyes to textiles

Dyeing or Tanning

Dye fur with compounds containing amines

Dyeing or Tanning

Plate metal with chromium

Electroplating

Plate metal with nickel

Electroplating

Generate flour dust

Food Processing

Generate plant bioaerosols processing or packing food products

Food Processing

Prepare potatoes using metabisulfite powder

Food Processing

Generate bioaerosols processing seafood

Food Processing

Prepare fruit salad using a solution of enzymes (pectinase and glucanase)

Food Processing

Generate bioaerosols derived from milk, eggs, or animal serum

Food Processing

Handle laboratory animals

Handling Animals

Generate bioaerosols of animal-derived proteins

Handling Animals

Inhale mite allergens while farming or handling flour or grain

Handling Insects

Inhale insect allergens in fish food or fish bait

Handling Insects

Produce silk (sericulture)

Handling Insects

Inhale insect allergens in the laboratory

Handling Insects

Generate insect-derived bioaerosols

Handling Insects

Generate plant-derived bioaerosols

Handling Plants

Handle flowers

Handling Plants

Heat plastics--polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, or polypropylene

Heating or Machining Plastics/Rubber

Generate plastic dusts or powders (Plexiglas or polyvinyl chloride)

Heating or Machining Plastics/Rubber

Generate mists of metalworking fluids containing ethanolamines

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Use solder containing colophony, zinc chloride, or ammonium chloride flux

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Weld on metal painted with chlorinated polyester paint

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Heat or machine cobalt alloys

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Galvanize metal

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Heat or machine chromium alloys

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Use cemented carbide materials or tools

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Arc weld stainless steel

Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal

Spray polyurethane foam insulation

Installing or Removing Insulation

Generate guar gum bioaerosols

Manufacturing

Generate bioaerosols of biological enzymes

Manufacturing

Manufacture rosin core solder

Manufacturing

Generate latex dust in manufacturing latex products

Manufacturing

Assemble products using cyanoacrylate glues

Manufacturing

Manufacture pesticides containing captafol

Manufacturing

Use anhydride compounds to manufacture chemical products

Manufacturing

Use diazonium salts to manufacture photocopy paper or polymers

Manufacturing

Use tetrazene to manufacture detonators

Manufacturing

Use diisocyanates to manufacture polyurethane products

Manufacturing

Manufacture isothiazolinones

Manufacturing

Work in microwave popcorn plant that uses diacetyl for flavoring

Manufacturing

Manually "lay-up" reinforced polyester resins using styrene

Manufacturing

Manufacture cemented carbide materials or tools

Manufacturing

Formulate, mold, or cure resins to produce advanced composite materials

Manufacturing

Use azodicarbonamide as additive to plastics and rubber

Manufacturing

Use dental acrylate compounds

Medical or Dental Services

Generate psyllium dust

Medical or Dental Services

Generate latex dust using latex products

Medical or Dental Services

Mix and apply bone adhesives

Medical or Dental Services

Use formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde to develop x-rays in darkroom

Medical or Dental Services

Inhale Rhizopus nigricans in a coal mine

Mining or Quarrying

Use chromates or dichromates in printing

Printing or Photography

Develop color photographs with compounds containing amines

Printing or Photography

Inhale aspergillus in bakery, beet sugar refinery, or biotechnology plant

Processing Materials

Inhale plant mold (greenhouse worker) or slime mold (microbiologist)

Processing Materials

Generate grain dust

Processing Materials

Mix or pack pharmaceutical products

Processing Materials

Produce nacre buttons from mollusc shells

Processing Materials

Make molds in foundry using MDI, furfuryl alcohol, or amine curing agents

Smelting or Casting Metal

Work in potroom at aluminum smelter

Smelting or Casting Metal

Machine wood and inhale dust

Woodworking

Work in indoor pool as lifeguard or swimming instructor

Working Indoors

Inhale bioaerosols in the home, school, or office environment

Working Indoors

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