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Industrial Disease

Occupational Asthma Legal Services

Asthma is a reaction to irritants in environmental conditions such as air pollution, chemicals or hay fever. Many people suffer for a number of reasons unrelated to their work and sometimes it is inherited. However, it can be set off by gases, vapours, fumes, chemicals, dust or toxic dust at work.

Occupational asthma is very frightening, and attacks can include being unable to breathe, wheezing, tightness in the chest and coughing. If you work in an industry notorious for asthma, your employer should have checked with you before starting there whether you suffered from asthma or any breathing problems already. Sadly, once sensitised by a product the sufferer can remain sensitised for life.

Where the exposure is legally negligent or in breach of health and safety guidelines, it can give rise to a claim.

We will take a detailed instruction from you in order to establish if you had been subjected to excessive levels, and details of what precautions if any were taken, such as training, protective equipment such as masks and respirators, ventilation systems.
We will then obtain data sheets for the product and ensure that the medical and chemical or toxicology experts instructed in your case have full access to the technical information they will need.
Employers should be fully aware of their obligations and should comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, which are regularly updated.

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