Supermarket bakery workers are at considerable risk of developing work related asthma according to researchers from Imperial College London and the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Their study reported in the latest edition of the European Respiratory Journal, found that up to nine per cent of bakers, four per cent of bakery managers and three per cent of bakery assistants may have symptoms of asthma caused by working in supermarket bakeries.
Dr Andrew Brant, from Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital, and one of the researchers comments: “While bakers’ asthma is not a new phenomenon, this is the first time a study has been conducted in supermarket bakeries. Although the extent of bakers’ asthma in supermarket bakeries is comparable with levels found in other traditional bakery settings, the research shows that this is a new occupational health issue which management and bakery staff need to be aware of. It is especially important given the high and increasing proportion of baking that now takes place in UK supermarkets.”
Tony Stephenson | alfa
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