Asons Solicitors warns of the risk of Occupational Asthma

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May is Asthma Awareness Month. According to Asthma.org there are 4.3 million adults with asthma in the UK. In most of these cases are not occupational asthma however there are things at work that make their asthma symptoms worse.

Some irritants at work can even result in an employee suffering an asthma attack. Over 40% of people who suffer from asthma have stated that their condition can get in the way of them doing their job efficiently. (1)

Work-related asthma is becoming one of the most commonly diagnosed occupational respiratory diseases in this country.

Asthma UK asked people with asthma if things at work made their asthma worse - 40% said 'yes', citing the following:

  •     dust 62%
  •     cigarette smoke 38%
  •     stress 27%
  •     chemicals 19%
  •     fumes 17%
  •     perfumes/air fresheners 14%

Asons Solicitors advise that when you consider the type of employment you are interested it is important to think of what triggers may affect your asthma during your employment. It is important to consider what irritants you may face during your employment which may irritate your asthma.

Suzanne Yates legal executive at Asons Solicitors said that:

“Unfortunately the frequency at which occupational asthma is diagnosed is completely preventable, there are safety measures that could easily be implemented to prevent employees from contracting this unnecessary respiratory disease. Effective safety measures would also prevent people with existing cases of asthma being aggravated by asthmagens in a work environment.”

Common asthmagens include formaldehyde, acrylic resins, glues and sealants, latex, detergents and other cleaning chemicals, and dust from manufacturing, lumber production, and paper.

Asthmagens are not just generated in manufacturing facilities, but in the office, too. Wall-to-wall carpeting, window treatments, and many types of wall coverings, including those used on cubicle walls, can generate asthmagens.

An employer should make sure that all employers are protected from any potential triggers that could aggravate existing cases of asthma, or inflict someone with occupational asthma. If you do contract asthma as a direct result of your employment you may entitled to make an occupational asthma compensation claim.

According to the HSE since 2000 the number of cases of occupational asthma has slightly decreased, however the occupational with the highest incidence rates is vehicle paint sprayers and bakers. (1)

Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about occupational asthma claims process, or if they would like to better understand the condition, that information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 0844 850 1062

(1)    Having Asthma at work - http://www.asthma.org.uk/knowledge-bank-living-with-asthma-asthma-at-work-having-asthma-at-work - Asthma.org

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info (at) asons (dot) co.uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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