Toxic substance injuries have the capacity to cause considerable damage to workers. The use of hazardous materials can be vital, throughout industry, right across the UK. But the important aspect of deploying them in any factory or production plant is that stringent health and safety requirements are adhered to at all times.
Toxic substances can cause skin burns to varying degrees, the most severe cases requiring hospitalisation, and operations to graft skin onto the affected area. Safety equipment should always be used, but there can be lapses in concentration, leading to dangerous short cuts being taken.
Some toxic material can affect the eyesight, and in drastic instances workers can be blinded. Where noxious substances are inhaled, the lining of the lungs can be affected. This can lead to respiratory problems in the longer-term. If chemicals are ingested inadvertently, they can cause burns to the mouth and to the digestive tract.
The bottom line is that hazardous substances should be treated very carefully. Their use in the workplace should be governed by risk assessment strategies that are constantly reviewed. Only designated personnel should be allowed to access toxic substances, and they should be fully trained in their deployment.
What must happen after a toxic accident?
Toxic substance injuries are serious enough for the victim, but they will also have a considerable impact on colleagues. When co-workers witness an incident, they will naturally be concerned about the possibility of a repeat. Toxic spillages can affect any workers who happen to be in the proximity.
In the aftermath of an industrial incident, it is paramount that management address the source of the situation. A risk assessment must be conducted to ascertain any likelihood of further spillages and remedial action must be taken to pre-empt this possibility.
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If you have been involved in an industrial accident and would like to make further enquiries about whether or not you might be due compensation, you should approach Accident Advice Helpline. We have been dealing in industrial compensation claims for over 14 years, helping out clients from a range of backgrounds.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Chemical injury claims