At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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Causes Of Occupational Asthma

Dusty hands in bakeryCertain 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

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