Used in many different sectors and industries, hazardous substances can come in many different forms. Here are some of the most common hazardous substances likely to cause injuries.
What are hazardous substances?
The 2002 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations define hazardous substances as substances that are classified as an irritant; harmful or corrosive; toxic or very toxic. Hazardous substances may consist of chemicals, substantial concentrations of dust or biological agents.
Most common hazardous substances
The most common hazardous substances likely to cause injuries at work include:
- Cleaning materials, paints, solvents and oils
- Exhaust and welding fumes
- Bakery dust and flour
In the health care sector, many personal injuries are caused by biological agents including blood, other bodily fluids, etc. You can find a more extensive list of hazardous substances and high-risk injuries at www.healthyworkinglives.com.
Affected by hazardous substances
Employers in all industry sectors have a duty of care to prevent work accidents and work-related illnesses. This includes minimising the risk of being injured or made ill by hazardous substances. If you were injured at work or developed an industrial illness because your employer was in breach of this duty, you may qualify for work injury compensation.
When to claim
You may, for example, have a claim if you were not:
- Provided with suitable protective equipment required to work safely with a substance
- Trained in the safe use of hazardous substances
- Made aware of the risks of working with hazardous substances
You could also claim if you were injured in an accident at work causing unexpected exposure to high concentrations of dust or fumes, for instance. In any case, compensation claims must be made within three years of the date:
- Of the accident causing your work injury or
- Your occupational injury was diagnosed
Getting expert compensation advice as soon after your workplace accident or diagnose as possible is therefore of utmost importance.
Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: March 14, 2017
Author: Accident Advice