When it’s raining cats and dogs outside, you’ll see excess water running off the streets and roads into stormwater drains. Stormwater drains are in place to reduce the risk of flooding and accidents at work and public health illnesses associated with water pooling and contamination. If heavy rain is forecast, here are some tips to help you stay safe and reduce the risk of contracting waterborne illnesses, including whether it is safe to wash chemicals into the stormwater drain.
Is it safe to wash chemicals into the stormwater drain?
If you’re cleaning, disposing of waste or working on your car, you may be tempted to wash chemicals into the stormwater drains, but this is a bad idea for many reasons. In some places, contaminating stormwater drains is illegal.
Incorrect use of stormwater drains carries a risk of health problems and work-related injuries. Unlike your drains at home, stormwater drains are not connected to the sewage system. This means that if you wash chemicals into the stormwater drain, they get into natural waterways, such as creeks, rivers and lakes. This doesn’t just increase your risk of health issues. It also has a negative impact on the environment and local wildlife.
If you wash chemicals into the stormwater drain, you may find that you face consequences. If you are using chemicals at home or you use substances at work, dispose of them in the recommended manner. You may need to visit a tip or use specialist methods. Your employer should make this clear when you first start your job.
You should also be provided with safety equipment if you are handling dangerous chemicals. If you don’t have the relevant safety equipment and you sustain work injuries or develop work-related illness, you may wish to pursues a no-win, no-fee* claim for work accident compensation.
If you’re not sure what to do when disposing of substances or waste, don’t just wash chemicals into the stormwater drain. Seek advice from somebody in the know before you take action.
Making a compensation claim
If you’d like to make a claim for a work accident, call Accident Advice Helpline. Provided that you were injured at work in the last three years and you have proof that your work accident occurred as a result of your employers negligence, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers should be able to secure a work injury compensation payout.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice