If you work in an environment where harmful chemicals or other dangerous substances are used, then it is your employer’s job to ensure that you are provided with proper training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to allow you to carry out your job safely, with minimal risk to your health and safety.
If you work in the manufacturing industry or in an industry where dangerous chemicals are used, it is important that you follow guidelines and don’t take any risks when it comes to your health. Some of the more dangerous substances used in industry include:
- Asbestos – this has been used in the past in textiles and insulation
- Benzene – found in oil and gas and used in the petroleum industry
- Arsenic – used in the manufacture of pesticides, metal and glass
- Berylloum – found in the aerospace industy
- Benzidine and Cadmium dyes – used mostly in the textile industry
- Chromium pigments – used in the production of paint
Other hazardous substances include some pesticides and fertilisers as well as other organic solvents. HSE issues specific guidelines which employers must follow in order to protect those in contact with these substances.
Exposure to hazardous substances
Many of these substances are highly toxic and can affect those exposed to them for either short or extended periods of time. Your employer should provide you with protective clothing and respiratory protection, depending on the substances you are working with.
If you believe you have been exposed to a toxic chemical, you should visit your doctor or hospital immediately, so that you can receive the necessary treatment. Even if you feel that you are okay after exposure, you should still seek medical help, as with some toxic chemicals, reaction to exposure could be delayed.
Claiming for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline can offer you free advice 24/7, and we normally take around 30 seconds to tell you whether or not your claim is viable. You can find out how much you could claim by using our 30-second claims calculator, and we operate on a no win, no fee* basis, with no obligation to press ahead with your claim.
Most claims can be settled over the phone, so it is unlikely you will need to attend court, and the more medical evidence you can provide us with in support of your claim, the more likely it is that your claim will be successful – we award over £30 million every year, so get in touch with us today and we will help you to claim what is rightfully yours.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown