A report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims occupational asthma affects 2.7 million workers. According to the CDC, these workers suffer from asthma caused or aggravated by workplace conditions. Asthma is a health condition that leads to inflammation and a narrowing of the airways.
Workplace conditions that may cause asthma include exposure to allergens, dust, secondhand smoke or chemicals. However, the Mayo Clinic claims that more than 300 workplace substances may put workers at risk for asthma. For workers in the healthcare industry, they are regularly exposed to aerosolized medications and cleaning agents. Symptoms of asthma may appear right away or several years later. However, once the condition appears, it is important that workers be kept away from the offending cause before symptoms can worsen.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect workers and lessen the chances they develop asthma or experience a worsening of symptoms. The American Lung Association claims businesses can identify asthma triggers (dust, vapors, mold), eliminate sources of unhealthy air (smoking), and provide respiratory equipment when necessary.
Can Workers with Occupational Asthma Receive Benefits?
Workers with asthma may suffer from coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. These symptoms can make it difficult for workers to perform their job duties. Some may require time off for treatment to reduce the severity of symptoms.
There may be options to receive workers comp benefits
, which may help cover for lost income and medical bills associated treatment. Depending on the circumstances, workers may also receive disability benefits for recurrent asthma.
The Ohio workers comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC can help workers with occupational illnesses discover options for benefits.