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Working with polymers and asthma?

This is a bit of a specialist question and could possibly be answered by anyone who knows about the polymer / plastics industry, any medical professional or anyone experienced in employment law. My boyfriend recently got offered a fantastic job with a great company who have just withdrawn the offer of employment due to the fact he will be working with polymers and he has asthma. The thing which I am concerned about is that they didn't even offer him a medical examination - they just changed their minds about the job offer because the medical questionnaire (tick-box) said "do you, or have you ever suffered from...." and he suffered with asthma as a child but pretty much NEVER uses an inhaler anymore. He has worked in the polymer industry for the last 2 years and studied at university as a polymer engineer for 4 years and never been told he shouldn't be doing this work with asthma. We know there are some risks to everyone working in this industry with regards to respiratory health but does that really mean that they can just change their mind like that without even asking my boyfriend how bad his asthma is or what his triggers are? I could understand if they had given him a proper medical and he had failed it but they haven't even asked him about it at all, never mind given him a medical examination. I understand that working with polymers etc can cause respiratory problems like asthma, but my question is can someone be refused employment on the grounds they had asthma as a kid....especially without being offered the opportunity of having a medical. Thanks for the info on polymers, but that really isn't my question as we already know those facts, my query is to do with employment law.

Asked By: Nicola - 3/10/2008
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The following article from the website http://www.scif.com/safety/safetymeeting/Article.asp?ArticleID=308, polyurethanes are a miracle of chemistry. They are used to make foams for packaging and insulation, paints and coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, and fibers (think spandex!). What makes all of this... More
Answered By: V.T.V.RAM - 3/13/2008
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When SHEET POLYTHENE is treated withelectrical sparks to accomodate the application of printed ink a cloud of ozone is emitted which is carcinogenic,thats why i got out of the Blown film industry,these companies really are getting away with murder.
Answered By: bo-cattin - 3/10/2008
 
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