Accidents at work vary from trips and falls to repetitive strain injuries and even long-term respiratory problems; but have you ever considered that you may suffer nut allergic reactions at work, and what’s more, this may not be your fault?
What are nut allergic reactions?
Nut allergic reactions occur when consuming nuts, or sometimes traces of nuts, causes your body to experience adverse symptoms. While this isn’t a typical everyday work-related accident, depending on catering arrangements for meetings or in your canteen, you can be subject to this issue without realising.
How do you treat nut allergic reactions?
How you treat nut allergic reactions very much depends on the severity of the allergy and the symptoms that arise from your allergy. There is no way to eliminate your allergy to nuts, so, it is essential that you manage your diet to avoid nut allergic reactions.
In the workplace, when food is provided by the company, they must account for the dietary requirements of employees. You should always inform your employer of your nut allergic reactions to ensure they can make suitable arrangements in line with your specific dietary requests.
In the case that you do inform your employer of your nut allergic reactions, but they fail to ensure your health and safety in this area, they could be held liable for any harm you suffer.
What are the symptoms of nut allergic reactions?
Nut allergic reactions vary significantly, however, the NHS lists some common food allergy reactions as:
- an itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears
- a raised itchy red rash (urticaria or hives)
- swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth (angioedema)
This is not a comprehensive list, and so if you are experiencing adverse symptoms which correlate with consumption of a certain food, it is best to speak with your GP.
In the case of loss of breath, palpitations or symptoms causing extreme difficulties, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you have suffered a work-related illness or injury through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you claim compensation for the distress you have endured.
For more information, and for a free initial consultation, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.