What is Occupational Asthma?
Asthma that is caused or symptoms worsened by breathing in chemical fumes, gases, dust or other substances while in the workplace. Similar other types of asthma, occupational asthma can cause wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
What causes Occupational Asthma?
Occupational asthma is an allergic reaction that occurs in people when they have been exposed to particular substances in the workplace. These substances, called ‘respiratory sensitisers’ or asthmagens, can cause a change in people’s airways, known as the ‘hypersensitive state’.
Occupational Asthma, what are the common forms?
Allergic occupational asthma – asthma triggered by allergens in the workplace (such as flour dust, animal dander or car fumes).
Irritant-induced occupational asthma is different, as a non-allergic type of asthma which happens when you breathe in a chemical at your workplace, it causes irritation of your airways resulting in asthma symptoms. Irritant-induced asthma usually happens when there is an accidental chemical spillage in the workplace.
What type of work can cause Occupational Asthma?
Any work that exposes an individual to the substances that are known to cause asthma. The most common substances causing allergic occupational asthma being the chemicals found in vehicle paint spraying and the additives used in bakeries.
What rights do you have as an employee?
If you have developed asthma that was caused or made worse by work, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation including any losses that you have suffered due to the condition.
How can GO-Law help you?
If you have received an Occupational Asthma diagnosis within the last three years or believe that you may suffer from the condition, we can help you to claim compensation. If you have had to stop working because of it, we will also claim compensation for your loss of earnings. We are here to help on a No Win No Fee basis. We will visit you at home and try and make the whole process as simple and easy as possible.
Please contact us today for a free consultation.
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