Health Care Without Harm reported that cleaning products, latex gloves, pesticides, dust and mold are some of the causes for exacerbate asthma. As outlined in the MetroWest Daily News, Boston, Mass., these products are used in hospitals to keep patients, visitors and personnel safe from pathogens, but they also contribute to the possibility of health problems among those they are used to protect.

According to the article, low doses of certain chemicals can trigger attacks in asthma patients, as well as leave janitors, nurses and laboratory technicians exposed. To avoid this, many hospitals are replacing many of their chemicals with safer alternatives, but the challenge has been finding replacements that are cost-effective and perform up to hospital standards of clean.

To read about what some hospitals are doing to protect their patients and staff, click here to read this full article.