For most of us, the most hazardous thing we will work with on a daily basis might be our work computer. However, other workers regularly deal with substances that have the potential to be hazardous. When this is the case, it is vitally important to make sure the proper safety measures are always taken.
Working with hazardous substances obviously brings with it a greater degree of potential danger than many other working situations. This is why the COSHH regulations are in force. COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, and the regulations were brought into being in 2002.
Examples of working with hazardous substances
There are many things you could find yourself working with that could potentially be hazardous to your health. These include chemicals of all kinds and any other products that might contain one or more chemicals. Additionally, dust, vapours and fumes can also endanger your health. Other examples include gases and germs.
If a workplace is likely to have one or more of these hazards present, appropriate measures must be taken to ensure workers do not come to any harm. Working with hazardous substances should be done with proper attention paid to the COSHH regulations. Assessments should be undertaken and measures should be put in place that enable workers to be safer every time they go to work.
What should you do if your health has been affected by these substances?
Good health can be affected in mild or severe ways, depending on which substances are involved and how long the period of exposure has been. To this end, it makes sense to get proper medical advice so you know where you stand.
Calling the team at Accident Advice Helpline would also be a good idea. In some cases, you may be able to make a no win, no fee claim for compensation, if your employer has been found negligent in their care of you at work. If they have not followed the COSHH regulations, there could be a good argument to make to be compensated for injuries or illness you have suffered as a result. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500 – there is no obligation and you don’t even pay for the call. If you have a strong case, you could be represented by a lawyer with appropriate experience in this area. Make that call today.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead