Last year in the UK, more than 28 million working days are lost as a result of work-related illness and accidents at work, according to the latest Health and Safety Executive figures.
If you suffer from occupational asthma and your working environment is making your symptoms worse, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim work injury compensation.
About occupational asthma
Occupational asthma relates to cases of asthma, which are caused or made worse by the nature of your job or the environment in which you work. This form of asthma is often associated with exposure to chemicals, dust and fumes and results in symptoms, such as:
- struggling to breathe and gasping for breath
- tightness in the chest
- shortness of breath
Many workers who suffer from occupational asthma experience increasingly severe symptoms during their day at work.
Who gets occupational asthma?
There are many different jobs and industries, which may increase the risk of occupational asthma. Examples of common work-related triggers include:
- flour and grain dust, which may affect those working in baking and farming
- fumes from cleaning products, floor cleaners or glues, which may affect those working in manufacturing, industrial cleaning or construction
- latex dust, which may affect those working in healthcare or manufacturing
- wood dust, which may affect those working in construction and carpentry
- fumes from paint and spray paint, which may affect those working in shipbuilding, engineering, construction and design and motoring
- welding fumes
Dealing with fumes
In any working environment, employers are legally required to ensure that they have the relevant health and safety measures in place to protect members of the workforce and reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries and illness.
If you suffer from occupational asthma, exposure to fumes will almost certainly make the situation worse and you should talk to your employer.
Employers should carry out regular risk assessments and provide staff members with the relevant training and protective equipment to reduce the risk of industrial illness. In cases where asthma may be linked to exposure to fumes, a protective mask, which helps to aid breathing, should be provided.
How to claim compensation occupational asthma
If you suffer from occupational asthma or any other work-related illness and you believe that your employer has displayed negligence, you should seek medical advice and contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about your work illness claim.
Speak with one of helpful advisers today, on Freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice