Although statistics by the Health and Safety Executive have shown that instances of occupational asthma have declined over the last decade, new cases are reported each and every year.
Occupational asthma refers solely to asthmatic symptoms that have been brought on through exposure to an irritant at work known as a respiratory sensitiser. Those most at risk of developing occupational asthma are those who work in bakeries, the tobacco industry and those who work with spray-paints such as in the auto-repair industry.
Are the effects of occupational asthma permanent?
First and foremost, it is extremely important to avoid exposure to respiratory sensitisers which trigger your symptoms. It is possible to continue working in the short term with the correct safety equipment but ultimately you will need to find work in a capacity that does not involve coming into contact with the irritant.
Personal protective equipment is seen as a last resort when it comes to control measures for occupational asthma. If your employer is unable to provide an alternative occupation, you may need to seek employment elsewhere.
It is difficult to determine if your occupational asthma is permanent. Your symptoms will always flare up if you are exposed to an irritant but with the correct treatment such as asthma drugs, it is possible to treat and control your symptoms. However, some irritants are so dangerous that a single exposure in a high enough dosage is all it takes for your breathing difficulties to become permanent.
Claiming compensation for occupational asthma
Although cases of occupational asthma are on the decline, it is still a very serious condition and grounds for an accident at work compensation claim. If you’ve been affected by occupational asthma within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you decide to pursue a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline, you can be guaranteed access to some of the finest legal experts when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation including work-related injuries.
Your health and safety is paramount and should never be taken for granted. We could help you make a 100 per cent no-win no-fee claim for work accident compensation if you’ve suffered from an occupational ailment and you weren’t to blame.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice