Dust seems to accumulate on just about every surface in our homes and can be an extreme nuisance; however, much more than just an annoyance, dust in the home can pose a number of health risks.
What exactly is dust?
Dust is the collective term used to describe a variety of particles both organic and inorganic, which coat household surfaces.
Dust is mainly composed of shed human skin cells but can also contain a number of other nasty materials which can be harmful to your health, including, but not limited to:
- Fabric Fibres
- Insects or insect parts
- Lead and traces of other building materials
What are the health risks involved?
When you walk around your home or even when you vacuum, you disturb the dust particles, which causes them to be stirred into the air.
As you can already see, dust is comprised of a number of potentially harmful substances. This is increases the risk of allergies, asthma, runny noses and fits of coughing. This is of particular concern if you have small children at home who crawl and then insert their fingers in their mouths. This can cause children to ingest as much as ten grams of dust a day, which can be particularly harmful to their still developing immune systems.
Could dust cause an accident at work?
The simple answer is, yes it could. Occupational asthma refers to asthmatic symptoms that develop solely as the result of an exposure to an irritant in your workplace.
Occupational asthma is a serious condition that can sometimes have permanent effects. Those most at risk of occupational asthma are those who work in the tobacco industry, bakeries and those who work with aerosols such as spray paint.
Can I make a claim for occupational asthma?
Your employer has a duty to prevent work-related hazards such as occupational asthma in as far as it is reasonably possible. If you’ve developed occupational asthma as the result of your work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today, for more information. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for work accident compensation is unsuccessful.
You can contact us via our 24-hour helpline, on 0800 689 0500, or alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second compensation calculator test.