Occupational asthma occurs after being exposed to an allergen known as a respiratory sensitiser. According to statistics published by the HSE, instances of occupational asthma are on the decrease. However, new cases appear every year with 177 new cases reported in 2013 and are a common source of accident at work compensation claims. Occupational asthma refers solely to the asthmatic symptoms developed in the course of your work and thus is a work-related injury. It can take weeks, months or even years for symptoms to develop depending on the person involved and the level of exposure to the allergen in question.
Who is most at risk from occupational asthma?
As stated, the risk level depends upon the individual involved and the level of exposure to a respiratory sensitiser. However, those most likely to be at risk are those who work with isocyanates in spray paint or flour dust or in cigarette factories.
Ways to combat occupational asthma
Most employers will try to help their employees to manage the symptoms of occupational asthma. It is vital to avoid any contact with the respiratory sensitiser in question in order to prevent a worsening of the symptoms. Ask your employer if it is possible to change to another position at your workplace, which will help to avoid coming into contact with allergens.
It may be possible to continue working in your current position in the short-term, provided the correct protection is provided by your employer. Personal protective equipment is, however, considered to be the last option for control measures. In order for these protective devices to be effective, they must be carefully selected, properly fitted and well maintained and can be a costly measure for any employer.
My employer was negligent when it came to my occupational asthma, can I claim compensation?
With Accident Advice Helpline, we could help you to make a claim for compensation where your employer has been negligent when it comes to your health, provided this was within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault. We are a law firm who specialise in all areas of personal injury compensation, including claims for accidents in the workplace. Our expert legal team will help you to get to the compensation you deserve. All claims are made on 100% no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for compensation should unfortunately not succeed. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice