Occupational asthma refers solely to asthmatic symptoms that have developed as a result of exposure to gases, dust and fumes at work, collectively known as respiratory sensitisers.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, instances of occupational asthma are on the decrease. Still, new cases appear every year with 177 new cases reported in 2013 and is a common source of accident at work compensation claims.
Those most exposed to the risks of occupational asthma include bakery workers and those who work with spray paints such as in the auto-repair industry, but did you know that occupational asthma can also be attributed to stress?
How stress affects your body
Stress is one of the most commonly reported conditions at work. In the modern world, many people find themselves under a lot of stress to meet deadlines and adhere to hectic work schedules.
Stress affects the body in a number of negative ways and has been known to trigger bouts of occupational asthma. Stress can aggravate the symptoms of a pre-existing condition such as asthma and can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms such as tightness of the chest and difficulty breathing.
How to combat occupational asthma
The single most important thing to do when it comes to occupational asthma is to avoid the triggers that cause the symptoms. This may be difficult in many occupations especially in the case of stress-related occupational asthma as it may be difficult to avoid coming into contact with triggers.
Ask your employer if it is possible to move to another position within the company which entails less stress or speak to your GP about how you can better manage stress in the workplace by taking short breaks from your work as well as breathing exercises.
Making a claim for occupational asthma
Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for compensation if your health and safety has been adversely affected by occupational asthma, within the last three years, through no fault of your own.
We are one of the UK’s leading law firms, specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation, including claims for work-related illnesses. All claims are made on 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for compensation should unfortunately be unsuccessful.
The majority of claims made with Accident Advice Helpline are settled outside of court, meaning that many of our clients will not have to make a court appearance.
Speak with one of our advisers today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice