Asthma is a medical condition which affects the tiny tubes that allow air in and out of the lungs. The airways become hyper sensitive and can tighten up making it difficult for air to pass in and out of the lung and the chest then has to work much harder. Occupational asthma is a form of asthma which is caused through exposure by inhalation of irritants in the work place. Typical examples of work place irritants can include dust, gas, fumes and vapours as well as animal substances such as hair, small insects or bacterial dusts, cotton, flax and hemp dust such as can arise in a cotton or textile industry and metals such as soldering fumes in a metal manufacturer.
How can occupational asthma be prevented?
The employer is obliged to provide a safe place of work and a safe system of work to include identifying risks and appropriately managing those risks. The employer must also provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as dust masks and breathing apparatus in certain industrial environments. The employer at a minimum should provide for the following:
- Ensure an up to date safety statement is prepared
- A Risk Assessment is carried out
- Appropriate control measures are in place
- Appropriate information given to employees
- Health surveillance where appropriate
If you believe you have developed asthma from exposure to any kind of substance in the workplace, please do not hesitate contacting us for legal advice.
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