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Another acronym used to refer to occupational asthma is work-related asthma. This is asthma worsened or caused by exposure to substances while at work. The substances may trigger an attack in three different ways.
- A reaction as a result of chemicals that naturally occur in the body, accumulating in the lungs causing an asthma attack.
- An irritant reaction (for instance, an individual that reacts to smoking with asthma).
- An allergic reaction (for instance people with allergies who develop allergic asthma).
Some examples of work-related asthma include:
- People working in an industry and are exposed to poisonous substances such as ammonia, develop signs of asthma due to irritant effects rather than an allergic reaction
- Health workers who are allergic to latex gloves through breathing in the powdered proteins found inside the gloves.
There are also a number of substances used in various industries that can cause this type of asthma. They include:
- Metals like nickel sulfate, chromium, platinum, and soldering fumes.
- Hemp dust, flax and cotton mainly found in textile industries.
- Chemicals like carpeting, epoxy resins, plastics, lacquer, shellac, adhesives, insulation, foam and rubber, enzymes in detergents and dyes (textile workers).
- Proteins in dander and /or animal hair.
- Green coffee beans, grains, papain (an extract from papaya that triggers a latex allergy).
How to determine whether asthma is occupational asthma.
When you notice that your symptoms of asthma worsen during working days, improve when you are at home for a considerable length of time (vacations, weekends) and recur when you go back to work, then, work-related asthma should be considered.
Symptoms and signs of work-related asthma
Some of the general symptoms of this type of asthma include difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, runny nose, nasal congestion and eye irritation. If one thinks they have occupational asthma, it is best to ask your medical practitioner for a referral to an asthma specialist.
Is one entitled to occupational asthma compensation?
If an individual’s breathing has been worsened or caused by their workplace or job, they are entitled to get occupational asthma compensation. You can claim the above compensation if your employer is responsible for worsening or causing your condition. It the right of your employer to protect you while at work. If your working environment or job leaves you at risk of work-related asthma or other breathing problems, procedures and policies should be put in place to prevent you from contacting such respiratory problems.
Compensation differs from one individual to another. The amount one receives depends on personal circumstances, and with consideration of certain factors such as the disability caused, the severity of the symptoms and likelihood of asthma worsening over time.