Work Related Asthma is a breathing (respiratory) disease caused by exposure to certain substances and chemicals in the workplace.
Inhaling the air-borne particles can sensitise your breathing passages to those particular elements. This can result in the airways narrowing when exposed to the trigger, leading to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, nasal irritation, shortness of breath and tightness of the chest.
It is common for people to not make the relation to work concerning their breathing problems as they may not associate their work with such an issue or they may only begin to suffer when they have finished work.
What causes work related asthma?
Substances called Asthmagens can be found in a large number of workplaces and can cause occupational asthma to ensue or worsen. These include:
- Flour, grain, latex rubber and wood dust
- Animal dander
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of substances that can cause occupational asthma. There are over 200 Asthmagens and new triggers are being discovered all the time.
What workplaces can cause asthma?
Work related asthma can be hazardous to anyone in a workplace that is surrounded with air-borne substances. Some of these workplaces are:
- Wood Workers
This list only contains some of the workplaces that are considered to have a high potential danger of asthma. However if your work has affected your breathing or chest in anyway you could be eligible to claim.
It is important to remember that people can be exposed to the Asthmagens without developing any respiratory problems at all. The severity of the work related asthma may also depend on the individual, while a lack of proper ventilation and safety precautions in the workplace can leave employees more at risk.
How do I know if my asthma has been caused or worsened by work?
Now that you know what work related asthma is and which substances can trigger the respiratory disease, you can assess whether your asthma is work related by checking whether symptoms worsen during the week, whether that is at work, in the evening or during sleep. You can also take a holiday to see if symptoms lessen when away from the substances.
Then, you should look into getting an occupational asthma diagnosis from your GP so that you can gain access to the right medical treatment.
Am I entitled industrial disease compensation?
As work related asthma can affect your ability to work in the future, seek legal advice from our specialist asthma solicitors as you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have any further questions about what is occupational asthma or want to find out if you have a case, contact Roberts Jackson on 0800 001 4496. Highly experienced in handling occupational asthma claims, our legal team will help you to achieve the best possible outcome.