Many people may have heard of the term occupational asthma, but what exactly does it mean?
Occupational asthma refers solely to symptoms that occur as the result of being exposed to a number of irritants in your line of work known as respiratory sensitisers.
Occupational asthma is a widely observed occupational ailment, which can be found in a number of employment sectors, however those most likely to develop occupational asthma are bakers, tobacco factory workers, and those who work with spray-paints, as in the auto-repair industry.
Recognising occupational asthma
The symptoms of occupational asthma may not be apparent at first but can develop over a number of weeks, months and even years. In fact, if exposed to a high enough dosage of a respiratory sensitiser, it is in fact possible to contract occupational asthma years after a single exposure.
Respiratory sensitisers inflame the airways in the lungs and can lead to; chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing fits.
Is it possible to treat occupational asthma?
The single most effective way to treat occupational asthma is by avoiding exposure to the irritants which cause your symptoms. This may be difficult as an employer may not be able to accommodate your symptoms, but many employers will at least try to find you another position within the company which does not involve becoming exposed.
It is possible to continue working in the short term with the appropriate safety equipment; however, this can be expensive for employers. Your doctor can prescribe asthma drugs or steroids to help manage your symptoms after you’ve developed occupational asthma.
Making a claim for occupational asthma
If you’ve developed occupational asthma within the last three years, through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. We boast over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including work-related injuries.
The majority of our claims are in fact settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to endure the prospect of facing a current or former employer in court.
Our lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers. Alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice