Amicus-AEEU

Amicus-AEEU

January 12, 2007 13:52 ET

Workplace Allergies the Tip of the Iceberg

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 12, 2007) -

Release date: 15th January 2007

Attention: employment and health editors

Amicus Britain's biggest private sector union is calling for action from the Government to combat workplace allergies.

The incidence of allergic diseases in the UK is rising overall but the union believes that workplace related allergic diseases are being under reported. The under reporting could be highlighted by an incident at Power Train in 2004, where over a hundred employees experienced an allergic respiratory reaction to metal working fluids.

Rob Miguel, Amicus Health and Safety Officer and member of the Advisory Committee for Toxic Substances gave evidence on workplace allergies, to the Select Committee on Science and Technology at the House of Lords on behalf of Amicus last week.

Many Amicus members work in high risk occupation groups. The union is concerned that many of the causes of workplace allergies called sensitisers are not being identified and therefore not controlled by industry, and that the DSS fail to recognise many of the sensitisers which other organisations believe can cause work related allergies.

Amicus is concerned that currently pre-employment checks screen people out of employment who may be susceptible to allergies. One third of people suffering from occupational asthma are unemployed and remain unemployed after six years. The union is calling on the government for more funding to identify and remove or neutralise the causes of workplace allergies, and to put in place genuine scemes to help re-employ those already affected.

Amicus Health and Safety Officer Rob Miguel says,

"We need tough action from the Government to tackle the causes of workplace allergies and to ensure that employment checks do not screen people out of employment who may be susceptible to allergies.

Amicus is calling on the government for more funding to identify and remove or neutralise the causes of workplace allergies.

We want industry to understand it's about addressing and controlling the causes, not screening out so called susceptible people."

Contact Information

  • Amicus-AEEU
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931315
    or
    Amicus-AEEU
    Rob Miguel
    07900 804 911