NIOSH ALERT: Preventing Asthma in Animal Handlers (WISHA Cover Letter)

October 20, 1999

Dear Employer:

The attached information (click here to view the NIOSH Alert) ( is being forwarded for your use by the WISHA Services Division of the Department of Labor & Industries. This information, developed by the federal government, could be helpful to you in protecting your workers from animal allergens.

Animal handlers are exposed to a variety of animal allergens. This exposure can lead to respiratory illness, including asthma. Workers at particular risk include laboratory animal workers, veterinarians and veterinary technicians, livestock workers, garment workers, horse handlers, and pet store workers.

If you have specific questions about risks associated with animal allergens, please feel free to contact the L&I service center nearest your location. L&I service centers are listed in the government pages of your telephone book under "Washington, state of". When you contact the L&I office, ask to speak to someone in WISHA Consultation Services about free, no-penalty consultation services.

Thank you in advance to your timely attention to this occupational safety and health issue.


Michael A. Silverstein, MD
Assistant Director for WISHA Services


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