Occupational asthma causes the breathing passages to narrow when exposed to certain substances in the workplace.
The causative agents are known collectively as Asthmagens. From welding fumes to wood dust, there are over 200 substances used in workplaces which can cause occupational asthma, with new ones being discovered all the time. Even if you have worked with a certain substance for a long period of time, it can take weeks, months or years to become sensitive to the agent.
Occupational asthma causes in a working environment
Employers are legally obliged to provide all their staff members with a safe working environment. A breach in this duty of care can have a significant impact on your health. The following factors can put you at a higher risk of developing occupational asthma:
- Poor ventilation
- No or inadequate equipment
- Lack of proper safety training
- Failure to limit exposure to Asthmagens
- No monitoring or breathing tests
Such occupational asthma causes are easily avoidable. An employer simply needs to assess the working area, identify any potential pitfalls and put adequate safety procedures in place. If your employer does not attempt to reduce or prevent your exposure to Asthmagens, you could be more at risk of developing the respiratory disease.
What to do next?
If you believe that you have developed a breathing problem as a result of your working environment, you may be entitled to asthma compensation from your employer. A respiratory disease can have a devastating impact on your health and quality of life and in some cases, occupational asthma causes individuals to stop working all together.
For further information about occupational asthma claims, contact Roberts Jackson solicitors on 0800 001 4496. Our specialist legal team will gain a full understanding of your circumstances to help you to take the best course of action, making sure that you get the maximum amount of compensation.