Not every workplace involves the use of chemicals, but those that do must have systems in place to ensure those chemicals are used or managed under safe circumstances. There should be no circumstance whereby one or more workers are put at potential risk of injury as a result of something going wrong. For example the chances of an ammonia leak at work should be very slim indeed.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we can say there are few cases where workers are affected by an ammonia leak at work. However those cases that do occur can potentially be dangerous to those affected.
It is also possible for workers who come into regular contact with ammonia to become unaware of it, thus exposing them to higher and more dangerous levels of it without them even realising.
Proper detection systems should be in place
This issue of desensitisation shows that it is not a good idea to rely on workers to tell when an ammonia leak at work has occurred. Instead there should be proper detection systems in place. These should also be tested often to ensure they are working as they should be.
If they alert the workforce to a leak, there should be proper evacuation systems in place too. These should be followed to ensure no one’s health as at potential risk.
In some cases people have managed to win compensation for health issues they have experienced as a result of such a leak. Since ammonia can potentially have effects on a person’s health, they might experience problems of a short- or long-term nature.
Prevention is the better than cure
We are all familiar with this saying and it works well in these circumstances. It is much better to prevent the potential health issues that can occur in the workplace if ammonia were to leak out and become a hazard than it is to suffer those issues.
For the most part such incidents are extremely rare. However there are cases where they have occurred and the people affected have got in touch with the team working at Accident Advice Helpline.
In these situations there have been cases where people have been able to claim compensation via a user-friendly no win, no fee claims process. All you need to do in this situation is to call us on 0800 689 0500 to learn whether you could claim.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen