Certain industries can pose a very high risk to workers in terms of developing occupational asthma or having existing symptoms made worse. This is mainly due to the materials and substances that employees come into contact with.
Common causes are continuous exposure to flour, grain, and wood dust. Inhalation of the fine particles that are constantly present in environments such as bakeries and workshops are likely to distress the lungs and cause irreversible respiratory problems in the long-term.
The Health and Safety Executive also identifies the compound isocyanate as a major culprit in the development of occupational asthma, and it is mainly found in polyurethane products, including paint, adhesives, and foam. This means that those in the car body repair industry are among those at the highest risk of developing asthma in the workplace because of the frequency that they use these products.
Other substances that can cause occupational asthma
- Epoxy resin curing agents
- Colophony fumes
- Animals and insects in laboratories
- Platinum salts
- Proteolytic enzymes
- Antibiotic manufacture
- Caster beacarbon dust
- Ispaghula used in the manufacture of laxatives
- Ipecacuanha in tablet manufacture
- Azodicarbonaide used in plastics
Making a claim
When operating a business where employees are likely to be exposed to harmful, asthma-inducing substances, employers are obliged to take measures to reduce the workplace risk as much as possible.
If you or a loved one have developed occupational asthma as a result of poor working conditions, and you believe that your employer is liable through negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
For helpful advice and guidance about making a claim, you can talk to one of our legal experts by calling 0800 0891331 or by clicking here.