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Occupational asthma at work caused by colophony

What is asthma?

Occupational asthma, regardless of which irritant is involved, is the name given to asthma that has been caused or encouraged by environmental conditions in the workplace.

Asthma is a disorder in the breathing brought about by a narrowing of the airways, frequently initiated by some kind of external irritant. It is often reversible over short periods of time either spontaneously or as a result of treatment.

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Clear Answers' lawyers deal with very many successful cases of all types of personal injury, specialising in industrial diseases such as asthma. We have teams of experts with a wealth of experience in your type of injury, waiting to help you claim your rightful compensation.
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What is colophony?

Colophony is a resin which is used as solder flux. Asthma caused by colophony is a health problem for workers in the electronics industry who inhale the fumes given off during soldering, although it can also be associated with some other occupations.

Hypersensitivity induced asthma, as is the case of exposure to colophony, will normally develop some time (several weeks or months) after the initial exposure.

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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

There are detailed regulations which are designed to protect workers from exposure to chemicals and other substances in the workplace. Employers are required to protect their employees from exposure by removing or reducing the risk of inhaling fumes given off during soldering. Failure to protect employees is a breach of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, otherwise known as the COSHH Regulations.

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Claiming for compensation after developing work-related asthma

Anyone who during the course of their work, believes they have been exposed to an irritant such as colophony, may be entitled to claim compensation for asthma. This includes both where exposure has brought about the development of asthma, or where exposure has heightened the onset of asthma.

Our lawyers specialising in industrial diseases such as asthma in the workplace are able to explain how asthma can be caused by exposure to colophony and brought on or worsened by that work. Your asthma may have impacted on your life and family, and possibly on your ability to work at all.

Based on this, and on their detailed understanding of the difficulties that work related asthma may lead to you having to deal in the future, our asthma lawyers will be able to provide expert legal advice about claiming for asthma compensation in the most appropriate way possible.

Family members who suspect that a deceased relative may have died as a result of asthma aggravated by irritants encountered in the workplace, may be able to claim compensation for the estate after their death for their suffering and losses suffered by all.

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Making a claim for industrial disease compensation

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.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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