Experiencing loss of sight, or blindness, is a life-changing impairment that will severely impact upon your quality of life. Industrial blindness, or work-related vision impairments, can be caused by a number of factors, such as chemical accidents.
How can chemicals cause blindness?
If chemicals come into contact with your eyes they can cause severe injury to the organ, which can potentially escalate into loss of sight or industrial blindness.
These types of chemical burns are often caused by accidents at work involving splashes or spillages. They can also be caused by rubbing your eyes after handling chemicals.
It is worth nothing that you may also suffer an eye burn as the result of an accident at home, from substances such as cleaning products, fertilizers, glass polish and vinegar.
How can I prevent blindness from chemicals?
If your job involves working with chemicals, ensure that you have been given the right training and protective equipment to minimise any health and safety risks presented by your occupational duties. If you have concerns, speak to your manager or your employer’s occupational health team.
Additionally, make sure that you keep chemical products at home out of the reach of children, and always use them with the utmost care.
What are the symptoms of chemical eye burns?
The symptoms of a chemical eye burn include pain, redness, swelling of the eyelids and blurred vision. If you suffer an accident in the workplace, or at home, during which a chemical substance comes into contact with your eyes, wash with cold water and seek medical attention immediately.
Work-related chemical accidents
If you have had an injury at work involving chemicals, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry. We can help you to make a successful injury claim.
We have a wealth of information on our website, and our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, completely free of charge. Our specialist advisers can be spoken to in total confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim.
We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you’ve had an accident at work, or in public, that was no fault of your own, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice