Although accidents involving exposure to solvents are thankfully very rare, they do happen. If employees are asked to handle dangerous solvents in the workplace without the required protective clothing or training, they are being exposed to an unnecessary risk of bodily contact with the product. If this happens to you, a solvent in eye accident claim might become a real option. At Accident Advice Helpline we are on hand to help you with the process of claiming compensation.
The COSHH Regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002)) were put in place to protect employees from exposure to chemicals, preparations (mixtures) and other substances that could create a risk to health. Under these regulations, employers have a duty to prevent exposure or in some circumstances to control and reduce exposure to solvents to lower levels.
Employers must carry out risk assessments and take protective steps to safeguard workers health, including the removal of the hazard or safely control and reduce any potential exposure to the substances. Protective clothing and goggles should always be provided to workers handling liquid solvents. If the solvents make contact with your skin, you may experience irritation and develop a rash. Splashes of solvents can seriously damage the eyes, which is why goggles should be worn at all times. Some vapours, gases and dusts are irritating to the eyes and caustic fluid splashes can damage your eyesight permanently.
You should be informed of the toxic and flammable characteristics of all solvents in use on the premises, as well as their recommended control measures. Written standard operating procedures, hazard statements and safety data sheets should also be made freely available. The standard operating procedures should combine the correct equipment with the prescribed way of working and instruction and training must be provided.
If any of these precautions are not in place and you suffer an eye injury we suggest you call one of our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline without delay.
When an accident has occurred
It is very important that you keep any evidence you may have to support your solvent in eye accident claim. Make sure that when you visit your GP or hospital for treatment you mention the cause of your injury. It will also be useful if you can safely obtain packaging, labels or manufacturer’s data sheets and instructions in order to identify the chemicals involved. It is essential that you have reported the incident and your symptoms to your employer and completed an accident report at work.
Also remember to have evidence of any injury-related expenses, such as receipts for medical prescriptions or medication and travelling expenses. If the person or company who allowed you to be exposed to the chemical was negligent or in breach of statutory regulations your claim for compensation should be valid.
Solvent in eye accident claim
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are here to support you throughout the compensation claiming process. Give us a call on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly team who will explain the options available and take some of your details. Our professional, efficient service is designed to keep you informed of what is happening, every step of the way.
Date Published: February 15, 2014
Author: David Brown