According to new research, as much as 21% of asthma-related deaths may be attributed to occupational exposures in fields such as construction and healthcare, Safety and Health Magazine reported.

Cleaners, disinfectants, antibiotics and natural rubber latex, which can cause asthma, are prevalent in health care, while welding fumes and isocyanates – found in paints – pose asthma risks among construction workers, the report states.

Findings included:

  • The industries with the most asthma-related deaths were construction for men and health care for women.
  • The industries with the highest rate of asthma deaths for males were food and beverage and tobacco products manufacturing. For females, they were social assistance and community and social services.