Industrial Disease – Frequently Asked Questions

The industrial disease team at CH Legal has many years of experience helping employees who have suffered health problems as a result of their workplace. Below are some of the frequently asked questions, but for individual advice don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team Julie Smith.

Can I claim for an industrial disease which was caused many years ago?

In general, you have three years since first being aware that you have suffered an injury to start a claim. This is particularly useful in the case of asbestosis which can take many years or even decades to develop following the initial exposure.

Should my employer provide personal protective equipment (PPE)?

In line with the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, employers must “provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and training in its usage to their employees wherever there is a risk to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled by other means.”

How do I identify asbestos ?

It can be very tricky to identify asbestos unless you’ve received training, and it’s often mixed with other materials, making its identification even harder. However, the HSE asbestos image gallery shows a number of common places where asbestos can be found.

How can workplace dermatitis be avoided?

Try to avoid direct contact between unprotected hands and chemical substances, products and wet work where this is sensible and practical. Use suitable personal protective equipment such as gloves – although bear in mind potential allergies to latex gloves etc.

How do I avoid suffering noise induced hearing loss at work?

There are maximum noise limits in the workplace and employees should be provided with personal protective equipment such as ear defenders when necessary.

Who is most at risk of vibration white finger (VWF) ?

Anyone using the following tools is particularly at risk:
●    chainsaws
●    grinders
●    hammers
●    impact wrenches
●    powered lawn mowers
●    pneumatic drills
●    sanders
●    strimmers

What is pneumoconiosis ?

Pneumoconiosis refers to a group of lung diseases which result from the inhalation and retention of dust in the lungs, including asbestosis, silicosis and berylliosis.