Case Report

Occupational Asthma and Management in the Field as Regard to Concerned Sides


  • Saffet Tatma
  • Birgül Piyal

Received Date: 16.06.2020 Accepted Date: 29.07.2021 J Ankara Univ Fac Med 2021;74(3):374-381

After the asthma disease caused by the factors in the workplace environment, the employee should be employed in an area away from the influence and the situations that will advance asthma should be constantly considered. The health status of the employee should be monitored with work environment surveillance and job change planning when necessary. In December 2013, after a 48 year-old male patient started working in the department of resin in a factory, his complaints associated with asthma diagnosed in 2014 increased the workplace and decreased at outdoor areas. As a consequence of the treatment, planned in coordination with the department of chest disease, the occupational physician decided that he could continue to work in a different section. In conclusion, occupational physicians are the counsellor of the employer with regard to the protection of employees’ current medical status and prevention of any progression of a disease at the workplace. They should assess employee’s working environment and make the necessary suggestions and warnings to the employer and the employee after taking the medical expert’s opinion. Besides the responsibilities of employers, the legal responsibility of this issue is on the shoulders of occupational physicians.

Keywords: Asthma, Occupational Physician, Management of Occupational Diseases, Occupational Disease, Work Environment

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