While not all workplaces handle chemicals of various kinds, some of them do. When this is the case it is important to ensure no one is put in any kind of danger as a result. Inhaling ammonia fumes can be very dangerous and it irritates the airways.
It also has a corrosive effect, which means an individual could potentially suffer serious injuries to their airways through inhaling ammonia fumes.
If this is a possibility in a particular workplace a risk assessment should determine what can be done to identify safe ways of working. Breathing equipment, alarm systems and other measures to prevent leakage of ammonia in the first place would all make sense.
Creating a safe place to work
The use of risk assessments should come into play in all workplaces. If this does not happen it can potentially mean the workers are at greater risk of injury than they would otherwise be. In the case of inhaling ammonia fumes there is a clear risk of grave injury since the damage can be both internal and external in nature. Another danger with ammonia is that people become increasingly unable to smell it around them. This means the workplace could have ever-increasing levels of ammonia and no one would be aware because they always work in close proximity to it.
This shows how important it is to ensure the proper health and safety measures are followed in this instance. Ammonia can severely harm a person’s health, yet with the proper measures and procedures in place it is easy to ensure no one is injured in any way.
Avoiding the fumes in the first place
While there are some jobs that mean some people have to work in close proximity to various chemicals, including ammonia, these individuals are not usually in any danger if the proper steps are followed.
For example, warning systems and breathing equipment can make the world of difference. Since the fumes can be increasingly hard to identify, there is an even clearer need for people to make sure they are always safe.
If this didn’t happen in your case and you have suffered health issues as a result of breathing in ammonia fumes, contact Accident Advice Helpline without delay. The number you need is 0800 689 0500 and it could reveal whether you’ll succeed with a no win, no fee* claim or not.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Chemical injury claims