What is occupational asthma?

What is occupational asthma?

The Health & Safety Executive estimates that between 1,500 and 3,000 people in Great Britain develop occupational asthma every year.

Some substances that people come across at work can actually cause asthma. The condition can take weeks, months or even years to develop, depending on the person and the substance. Substances that can cause asthma are called respiratory sensitisers.

Chemicals called isocyanates are the most common cause of occupational asthma in the UK. There are many jobs in which you might be exposed to these chemicals, particularly spray painting, foam moulding using adhesives, and making foundry cores and surface coatings.

Other common causes of occupational asthma are dust from flour and grain (baking, farm work and grain transport), wood dust (carpentry, joinery and sawmilling), dust from latex rubber (often from rubber gloves used in healthcare situations) and colophony – widely present in soldering.

There are over 200 other respiratory sensitisers and more are being identified all the time. Reports in the media suggest that cleaners and hairdressers, who are regularly exposed to chemicals, are susceptible to developing asthma.

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We will find out exactly what you are entitled to and make sure that you get it. It’s a simple process and one that we have had years of experience in.

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