Dealing with Occupational Asthma

Every year in the UK many people develop asthma at work as a result of being exposed to dangerous substances. This is known as occupational asthma.

Occupational asthma is a disease which limits the airflow and/or where the airway is hyper-responsive due to a particular occupational environment or stimuli which are not regularly encountered outside of the working environment.

What Causes Occupational Asthma?

Substances that can cause occupational asthma are known as respiratory sensitisers. The most common respiratory sensitisers include:

  • Isocyanates
  • Flour
  • Grain
  • Colophony
  • Latex
  • Animals
  • Wood dust
  • Chemical fumes

Those occupations that are most at risk of coming into contact with these substances include spray painters, medical professionals, animal handlers, bakers, food handlers, timber workers, chemical workers and welders.

The inhalation of the above substances can cause or aggravate asthma and if medical evidence can be obtained to support the link, compensation can be claimed for personal injury. A claimant may then have to change their job or experience regular absences from work to recover from the asthma symptoms. This inevitably results in a loss of income and can be included within any occupational asthma claims.

Your Employer’s Responsibility

According to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH), your employer has a legal duty to deal with respiratory sensitisers in the workplace.

This means that employers are required to carry out a risk assessment and inform you if respiratory sensitisers are present. Employees should also be told how to recognise early signs of occupational asthma and, if you’re working with respiratory sensitisers, regular medical checks should be carried out in order to spot the condition early.

If you have worked in an environment where respiratory sensitisers are present and have developed industrial asthma because of your work, you may be entitled to compensation.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury claim, including occupational asthma, so if you or someone you know has developed asthma at work or any other industrial injury, our solicitors will provide quick and personal advice on any claim.

Do you have an Occupational Asthma Claim?

If you believe you are suffering from occupational asthma from work as a result of exposure to respiratory sensitisers, speak to one of our expert occupational asthma solicitors today and get the compensation you deserve.

You can also use our Claimometer for a quick and accurate estimate of what your claim could be worth.

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