Industrial asthma, or occupational asthma as it is also known, is caused by conditions in the workplace and is the direct result of an allergy to certain chemicals, vapours or dust that has been inhaled over a period of time.
The condition will normally develop within a couple of years of you starting to inhale the substance, but it can sometimes take many years to be diagnosed. It can be a serious condition that leads to severe, chronic asthma if you continue to be exposed to the materials that are causing the problem.
Employers have a legal duty to limit exposure to chemicals and to provide the correct breathing equipment.
It is important to understand that industrial asthma is different from asthma that you already have that has been aggravated by working in an environment where there is dust or fumes.
Some of the most common allergens include:
- Latex gloves
- Animal dust, fur and feathers
- Industrial paints
- Solder fumes
- Hairdressing chemicals
How we can help
If you have been diagnosed as having industrial asthma (also known as occupational asthma), or you believe that work place conditions have caused you to develop the condition, contact us to take advantage of free legal advice. We will make sure that you get the medical support you need and may be able to offer you a no win no fee agreement.
If you would like more information, or just want a confidential chat about your options, contact our highly experienced team today.