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- The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979
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- Pleural Plaques are localized areas of pleural thickening. They rarely cause symptoms and are usually incidental findings on a chest x-ray.
- Diffuse Pleural Thickening is more widespread thickening of the pleura. This may prevent the lungs expanding fully, causing breathlessness. It may compress the lung, a situation known as folded lung or rounded atelectasis.
- Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs in which fibrous or scar tissue is progressively laid down. This makes the lungs stiff and inefficient at taking up oxygen so the sufferer becomes progressively more breathless.
- Lung Cancer: Asbestos causes the same type of cancer that is caused by smoking. Asbestos and smoking together greatly increase the risk of lung cancer.
- Malignant Mesothelioma is a cancerous condition. It most often arises in the pleura but also in the peritoneum, and rarely in the pericardium and testis. It is almost always fatal.
Asbestos exposure can affect other areas of the body, including
- the pleura, which is the membrane lining the chest cavity in which the lung lies;
- the pericardium, which is the membrane surrounding the heart,
- and of the peritoneum, which is the membrane lining the abdominal cavity.
Read more about the number of people in the UK who are diagnosed with an asbestos related disease.
State Benefits & Compensation
For the purposes of claiming Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit/State Compensation in the UK, you must be suffering from a ‘prescribed’ disease.
List of prescribed diseases;
- D1 – Asbestosis
- D3 – Mesothelioma
- D8 – Primary carcinoma of the lung where there is accompanying evidence of asbestosis
- D8A– Primary carcinoma of the lung
- D9 – Diffuse Pleural Thickening
Exposure to asbestos can also cause pleural plaques but you do not qualify for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or State (government) Compensation for this condition.
There is some evidence to suggest that asbestos can also cause laryngeal cancer and may be implicated in causing pharyngeal, stomach and colorectal cancer…and conceivably a wide range of others. Asbestos: Effects on health of exposure to asbestos. Richard Doll and Julian Peto. HSE. 1985.pdf
All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis. World Health Organisation. www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/asbestos/en/
Across Europe 10 asbestos-related cancers are recognised; in the UK only two, lung cancer and mesothelioma, are prescribed. And it seems IIAC is content to see workers with eight of the 10 asbestos related cancers continue to miss out. http://www.hazards.org/compensation/meantest
The UK Government advisory body the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) has not recommended that the UK Government add those ‘other’ conditions to the list of prescribed diseases for the purposes of claiming Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit & State (government) Compensation.
Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) and Asbestos – related Diseases Reports & Position Papers:
- IIAC Cancers of the larynx or ovary and work with asbestos: IIAC information note. February 2015
- IIAC Position Paper 23: Pleural Plaques (pdf) June 2009
- IIAC Position Paper 22: Laryngeal Cancer and Asbestos Exposure (pdf) July 2008
- IIAC Position Paper 20: Asbestos Exposure and Retroperitoneal Fibrosis (pdf) June 2008
- Report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in accordance with Section 171 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 reviewing the prescription of the asbestos-related diseasea (pdf) July 2005
Last updated 2 July 2015