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The majority of asthma sufferers develop the condition in childhood, either because of hereditary factors or because of early dietary and environmental factors. However, in cases where the condition develops in adulthood, it is likely that the cause is environmental – with occupational conditions one of the single largest causes of the onset of asthma in adults.

Exposure to the following substances or factors are among the commonest causes of respiratory disease and occupational asthma:

  • Flour dust
  • Grain dust
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Wood dust
  • Isocyanates
  • Latex
  • Solder
  • Laboratory animals
  • Resins and glues
  • Henna
  • Maleic anhydride
  • Methyltetrahydrophthalic anhydride
  • Soybean dust
  • Egg proteins
  • Ethylenediamine
  • Fish proteins
  • Coffee bean dust
  • Cow epithelium/urine
  • Nickel sulphate
  • Opiates
  • Some reactive dyes
  • Rosin-based solder flux fume
  • Some softwood dusts

Employer responsibilities and COSHH

Employers are responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of workers and there are many legislative and regulatory instruments in place which are designed to help ensure employers fully carry out this responsibility.

For example, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) make it clear that workers who develop occupational asthma after unnecessary exposure have a right to claim suitable compensation.

Furthermore, employers must ensure that at-risk workers have suitable Personal Protective Equipment to help guard against risk, which, of course, may include respirators and/or air filtration systems.

Thompsons, Scotland's leading firm

Thompsons has a team of specialist solicitors, solicitor advocates and other professionals who can help you pursue an occupational asthma claim.

Call us on 0800 0891331 and take your first step towards compensation.

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