The word “smog” emerged in the early 20th century and is a portmanteau of the words “smoke” and “fog.” Modern smog is a type of air pollution which is mainly produced by vehicular emissions and the burning of fossil fuels. Smog can have a number of serious detrimental health effects and working in smoggy conditions should be avoided when possible.
Where is smog most likely to occur?
Smog has been noted throughout the world and the highest concentrations are found in densely populated, developing countries. However, smog has also been documented on a number of occasions in London and many older buildings in London have been refurbished due to the damage caused by smog. Those most at risk of encountering smog in the workplace are those who work outdoors in areas of heavy vehicular congestion such as road workers. Also affected are those who work in the energy industry where high amounts of Sulphur Dioxide are produced due to the burning of fossilised fuels such as coal.
Occupational asthma refers to asthmatic symptoms that have developed solely in the course of your work. According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive, reported instances of occupational asthma have been on the decline over the last decade. However it remains a major cause of accident at work claims. Exposure to smog can increase the risk of developing occupational asthma. It can also exacerbate the symptoms of pre-existing conditions such as bronchitis and emphysema.
A study conducted by the Ontario Medical Association found that exposure to smog increased the chances of developing cancer.
A study commissioned to discover the effects of smog on pregnant women found that unborn children, who were exposed to smog, were more likely to develop spina bifida and low birth weight.
Suffered an injury as the result of working in smog?
If you’ve suffered an illness or injury as the result of working in smoggy conditions 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 on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We boast 15 years’ experience as one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation, including work-related injuries. We understand the importance of health and safety in the workplace and could help you make a claim for compensation if you have suffered a wrong.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice