Every year many people in the UK develop asthma because they are exposed to dangerous substances at work. This is called occupational asthma, and it is a work injury that can have a life-long affect on your health.
What substances cause occupational asthma?
Chemicals are the most common cause of occupational asthma according to Asthma UK. The chemical substances that can lead to this type of personal injury include anhydrides, isocyanates and acids used to make paints, varnishes, adhesives, laminates and soldering resin.
Additionally, you may also be at risk if you work with chemicals used to make insulation, packaging materials, foam mattresses and upholstery.
Furthermore, there are many other substances in the workplace, known as respiratory sensitisers, which may also lead to occupational asthma. Some of these are: wood dust, dust from insects and animals, flour and grain dust, as well as many others. Therefore, if you work in an industry that uses any of these materials, you may be at risk of suffering a personal injury at work like occupational asthma.
What can I do to prevent suffering occupational asthma?
The best way to prevent suffering an injury in the workplace, such as occupational asthma, is to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals and respiratory sensitisers. If this is impossible, take some protective steps such as using breathing equipment that will prevent you from inhaling the harmful substances.
If you are concerned about occupational asthma, speak to your manager or a health and safety adviser in your company. Additionally, visit your doctor if you are worried about the symptoms of occupational asthma, such as experiencing coughing, wheezing, chest tightening and breathing difficulty, after a working period.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are suffering from occupational asthma as the result of a workplace injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry, and we can help you make a successful injury claim.
We have a wealth of information on our website, including a quick and easy 30-second test compensation calculator, and our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, completely free of charge. Our specialist advisers can be spoken to in complete confidence with no obligation to proceed with a claim.
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If you have suffered an accident in the workplace, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500, to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice