Work-related asthma is a debilitating and sometimes fatal disease. The New Jersey 2008-2010
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemThe New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) monitors asthma prevalence using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NJBRFS), an ongoing population based telephone survey of non-institutionalized adult residents aged 18 years and older. The NJBRFS represents a geographical subset of the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS was established in 1984 and is currently implemented across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam where it is being used to monitor and improve the health of residents., Asthma Call-Back Survey results indicated that over 54,000 adult NJ residents reported being diagnosed by a health professional as having work-related asthma. Of these adults, 35,000 stated that they had to change or quit their job due to work-related asthma. More than 300 substances used in the workplace are known to either cause asthma in healthy workers or aggravate asthma in those who already have the condition.
Work-related asthma can be prevented. New Jersey law requires physicians, physician assistants,
and advanced practice nurses to report work-related asthma cases for
proper public health follow-up. Our Web site provides many resources
for health professionals, working adults with asthma, and employers
in New Jersey.