Chemicals and substances hazardous to health are a part of everyday life for some workers. Those who work in certain industries are faced with the risks of working with dangerous substances as part of their daily duties. However, the risks of working with these chemicals should be reduced to a minimum if employers follow health and safety regulations.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health is an example of regulations which govern the use of chemicals which may be flammable, toxic or corrosive. Employers should seek out the regulations which apply to their industry and put measures in place to ensure that employees are protected.
Flammable substances must be used, handled and stored in the correct way to avoid causing serious injuries to anyone working with, or alongside, them. This means that employees must be trained in the proper use and storage of any chemicals they come into contact with so as to avoid a chemical explosion at work or a similar accident. Employees should also be given the proper equipment and storage materials for these chemicals as well as any protective clothing where necessary. If there is a failure to put control measures in place for substances hazardous to health then there may be a serious accident or injury on-site.
Health and safety breaches
Although employees do have a certain amount of responsibility for their own actions at work, employers must provide them with training and conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards. Some chemicals can be hazardous alone or when mixed with other substances and some substances could cause a fire or explosion.
Serious injuries could result from a chemical explosion at work which your employer may be partially responsible for if there are health and safety breaches.
Personal injury compensation
Workplace burns and other injuries have the potential to be life-changing but it is your right to pursue compensation where there is someone else at fault.
If you are considering making a claim for an accident that occurred due to negligence, our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
Our team can offer you no-obligation advice and you will be provided with a no win, no fee service if you make your claim with us.
Call us free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen