Occupational asthma is typically the result of accidents at work exposing workers to vast amounts of dust, chemicals or other harmful substances, or prolonged exposure to such substances, irritants and allergens. Such irritants and allergens include, among many others, perfumes and air fresheners, and are known as respiratory sensitisers.
Air fresheners and perfumes
Workers may, for example, be continually exposed to these substances at factories creating them; in places where they are used to enhance the scent of specific perfume products, or in places where air fresheners are used to mask unpleasant or lingering smells.
An employee already suffering from asthma may also find that their respiratory condition is made worse by air fresheners used in the office, for example, or colleagues wearing strong perfumes.
Occupational respiratory disease can be prevented by installation of filtering systems, safe working procedures, and provision of personal protective equipment, including dust masks.
If a worker is known to suffer severely with asthma, employers could also implement workplace regulations to minimise the risk of aggravating the existing condition, such as a no-perfume and/or no-air-fresheners policy.
Duty of care
Employers have a legal duty of care towards their employees and should take all necessary steps to prevent work accidents and occupational diseases.
If these steps are not taken, employers are in breach of their duty of care. Employees sustaining injuries at work or developing industrial illnesses as a result of this breach could be eligible to make work injury claims.
You can find out if you are eligible to claim industrial illness compensation after sustaining a workplace illness or injury, including occupational asthma, by exploring Accident Advice Helpline’s web pages or calling our freephone number, which is open to victims 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can determine your claim eligibility online by filling in our quick and easy 30-second compensation calculator test. On the phone, simply explain your situation to one of the company’s sympathetic advisers, and answer any questions they may have to the best of your knowledge.
What happens next?
Once it has been confirmed that you are entitled to make a claim for industrial injury compensation, you will be given the opportunity pursue your claim with the help of our specialist legal team.
It should be noted here that you will be under no obligation to do so at any point during or after making your first call, but should you decide to go ahead with your claim, all cases are handled on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice