I don't know if this counts as occupational asthma or not! I work in an office building in Glasgow and have done for a year and a half. Last summer, my asthma got really bad and I was convinced that there was some sort of trigger at work. I tried to get my boss to get the carpets steam cleaned, as they are only ever vacuumed with a duff old Henry vacuum and don't look clean. It never happened of course. There are some plants in the office, I don't know if these could be a problem, yucca plants and weeping figs.
In the summer, it gets really really hot in here, but a lot of the women complain when the aircon is on. I normally sit with my own wee fan on to try and keep cool each day. I am fine at home, even with our cat and fine outside work. While I'm at my desk in the office though, I feel like I'm breathing through a straw a lot of the day. Anti-histamines have helped over the last couple of days, but I don't know how to approach things with my boss. The people in this office are not understanding at all and when I've had a barking cough in the winter after having a cold, they make comments about catching my asthma etc. So, as you can imagine, I'm very wary of causing a scene. I'm thoroughly fed up though to be honest and have never before had problems like this in an office, any advice would be great?