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Home > Personal Injury > Harmful Substances > Teflon ® – polymer fume fever

Teflon ® - polymer fume fever

Polymer fume fever may follow within a few hours of inhalation of pyrolytic products of fluorocarbon polymers, the most common of which is PTFE or Teflon®

Under normal usage Teflon® is inert, but if heated to above 250° C it will start to decompose.

Cigarettes rolled or smoked in the workplace contaminated with particles of polymer may be a source of the fever. A no-smoking rule should be strictly enforced and employees instructed to wash their hands before eating or rolling or smoking cigarettes.

Polymer fume fever is known to have occurred in workers using electronic instrument boards, in the manufacture of plastics and chemicals and in some repair shops.

Symptoms are similar to influenza and normally resolve within 24 -36 hours. Rarely, with multiple exposures or the presence of underlying pulmonary disease, permanent lung damage can occur.

If exposure occurs at work, there are a number of regulations which can apply, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

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Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

If you believe you may have an injury claim connected to exposure from Teflon fumes please contact us for expert advice from the most experienced personal injury law firm.

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