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    Top 5 dangers of working with chemicals


    Chemicals can be hazardous to work with, whether you’re working in a factory, a laboratory or in an agricultural setting. There are steps you can take to ensure you’re safe at work, but you could still be injured whilst working with chemicals. Here are a few examples of the dangers of working with chemicals, whatever your role.

    Potential for chemical burns or life-changing injuries

    1. Chemical burns. These types of burns can occur when hazardous chemicals come into contact with bare skin. It’s important that hazardous chemicals are properly labelled as such and that your employer provides gloves and/or other personal protective equipment, as well as training in handling hazardous chemicals, to reduce the risk of accidents occurring.
    2. Slipping over. Chemicals spilt on a workplace floor could lead to a slip which could cause serious injuries such as broken bones or a head injury. Spillages should be cleaned up immediately and floors kept clean and dry to prevent accidents.
    3. Burn injuries. Flammable chemicals could lead to a fire, and those working in the vicinity could suffer burn injuries. In cases of severe injury, there may be permanent scarring which could affect the rest of your life. Its important employers store chemicals correctly and take precautions to prevent accidents like this from occurring.
    4. Eye injuries. Splashing chemicals in your eyes could lead to serious eye injuries, even temporary or permanent blindness. Eye wash and emergency medical kits should be on hand for those working with dangerous chemicals, and protective goggles or eyewear should be provided to protect eyes from splashes.
    5. Respiratory conditions. Breathing in hazardous chemicals can lead to respiratory conditions or even more serious diseases which could impact the rest of your life. Face masks and respirators should be worn if working in an enclosed environment with chemicals – otherwise there should be plenty of ventilation to prevent these types of injuries from occurring.

    How has your accident affected your life?

    An accident which causes serious injuries could impact the rest of your life and you may be unable to return to work for some time, or at all. Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with hundreds of claims from people who have suffered from the dangers of working with chemicals, and we could help you get the compensation you deserve, on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today for confidential, no-obligation advice.

    Date Published: April 19, 2016

    Author: Paula Beaton

    Category: Chemical injury claims

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