Asthma can be a very common and frustrating condition. It can be a hereditary condition, which means that there is little (if anything at all) that can be done to prevent people from developing it.
Other times it can be caused as a result of exposure to certain substances or materials within the environment.
If you have developed asthma in later life then there is a good chance that you have been exposed to an irritant.
If this irritant was found within your workplace, then you might be able to make a claim for compensation against your employer.
To find out if you might be eligible to make a claim contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 or by taking our 30 second test online.
Our injury solicitors in St Martins know that occupational asthma can be caused in a number of professions and as a result of a number of different potentially hazardous materials.
For example, you may have been exposed to dust particles, cigarette smoke or detergent powders which act as a trigger for the condition.
One of the most common causes of late onset asthma, or occupation asthma is a substance which, on the surface can appear to be perfectly harmless. This substance is flour.
Bakers and other bakery workers are almost constantly exposed to flour, and the fine particles when breathed in over a prolonged period of time, can lead to the development of asthma.
If you think you have been exposed to flour over a long period of time through your job, and have developed asthma, or any other breathing difficulties or conditions as a result, you should speak to one of our injury solicitors in St Martins today to find out more about making a claim.
Employers are responsible
When it comes to making sure that members of staff are kept safe our injury solicitors in St Martins know that it is the responsibility of your employer. There are various regulations which an employer should follow to ensure the safety of all staff members, especially when it comes to the control and handling of substances which could be hazardous to health. Within the baking industry this would include flour.
If you are a baker or work within a bakery, your employer should be well aware of the potential risks that long term exposure to flour and other small particles can have on your health. As such it is their responsibility to take steps to minimise these risks. In the case of flour it could be that they should have provided you with face masks to minimise the amount of flour being breathed in.
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If your employer failed to provide you with any personal protection equipment in the form of face masks, then you should be able to make a claim if you have developed asthma as a result.
Date Published: 12th January 2014
Author: David Brown