Every year, many people in the UK develop asthma because they are exposed to dangerous substances at work. This is called occupational asthma, and it can have a life-long effect on your health.
What substances cause occupational asthma?
Substances that can cause occupational asthma are known as respiratory sensitisers. People are typically exposed to these substances through general duties and accidents at work. Some common respiratory sensitisers include the following:
- Isocyanate chemicals: These types of chemicals are the most common cause of occupational asthma in the UK, according to Asthma UK. People are typically exposed to these chemicals in jobs that involve spray painting, foam moulding with adhesives, and surface coating substances.
- Dust from flour and grain: If you work in a bakery you may be at higher risk of suffering an injury at work, such as occupational asthma, from the dust in flour and grain. These substances can also affect employees in farm work and grain transport.
- Wood Dust: If you work in an industry such as carpentry, joinery and sawmilling, you may be at risk of developing an asthma work injury from the inhalation of wood dust.
In addition to the aforementioned, there are many other substances that can put you at risk of occupational asthma. If you are worried about this work ailment, speak to a health specialist within your company, such as your occupational health team, or visit your doctor for more information.
How can I prevent occupational asthma?
The best way to prevent sustaining occupational asthma, is to avoid exposure to respiratory sensitisers. If this is somewhat impossible, take some proactive, protective steps, such as using breathing equipment that prevents you from inhaling the harmful substances.
Claiming compensation for occupational asthma
If you are suffering from occupational asthma as the result of a workplace injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry, and we can help you make a successful injury claim.
We have a wealth of information on our website, and our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, completely free of charge. Our specialist advisers can be spoken to in complete confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you have suffered an accident in the workplace, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500, to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice