Arsenic is a natural element that is found in soil and rocks and is a by-product of many industrial processes such as copper smelting. Arsenic poisoning is fortunately a rare accident at work but nonetheless an extremely serious one. Arsenic poisoning has been known to cause cancer and other serious health hazards.
Here we look at some of the protective equipment an employer can provide in order to avoid arsenic poisoning.
Protective equipment to prevent arsenic poisoning
- Respirators: As inhaling arsenic can lead to a number of serious illnesses in the short-term such as diarrhoea and vomiting, in the long term it can lead to lung cancer. A respirator will help provide a supply of air and prevent an employee from inhaling arsenic fumes.
- Eye protection: In order to avoid arsenic coming into contact with the eyes, eye protection such as goggles or a full-face visor must be worn. A good respirator will also include a full face piece which provides protection against fumes and contact with the face and eyes.
- Personal protective clothing: Protective clothing will help prevent arsenic coming into contact with the skin. It is also advised to wear protective gloves as arsenic can seriously irritate the skin.
Claiming compensation for arsenic poisoning
As we’ve already highlighted, arsenic poisoning is an extremely serious condition. If you’ve developed arsenic poisoning as the result of a breach of health and safety in your workplace within the last three years, and it wasn’t your fault, you could entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on how you could make a 100 per cent no-win no fee* claim for industrial accident compensation. Our Freephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers. You will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone.
Will I have to make a court appearance?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that facing a current or former employer in court can be a quite traumatic experience. We aim to make the claim process as straightforward and transparent as possible. Therefore, we ensure that the majority of our claims are settled outside of court, meaning many of our clients will not have to go through the stressful experience of a court appearance.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice