Health and safety laws have vastly reduced the amount of accidents and injuries that occur in all manner of workplaces today. They have also led to a reduction in ill-health, although in both cases, injuries and illnesses do still occasionally happen. If you believe work environment hazards have contributed to your own ill health, it is worth finding out whether something could have been done to prevent this.
No one expects the work they do to make them ill. However, this can occur in some instances, and if you become ill at work, and you think the job you do has something to do with it, you should see your GP for more information. Getting a diagnosis will be the first task, and you can then mention your concerns about your working environment.
Personal protective equipment
The working environment should always be as safe as possible. However, if there are environmental hazards, perhaps ones that cannot be got rid of easily, personal protective equipment should be issued that will help keep the workers safe.
For example, breathing equipment or a simple dust mask may be required in areas where the air is not safe to breathe, or there are particulates in the air that shouldn’t be inhaled. Similarly, eye protection should be worn if there is dust or some other foreign matter in the air that could harm the eyesight.
How can you tell if you were made ill by work environment hazards?
Once you have seen your GP, you may have a better idea of how your illness was caused. If you suspect your workplace was to blame, and you were exposed to work environment hazards that should not have been present, you may have a good case to make to receive compensation. Isn’t it worth finding out the answer?
To find out if your employer was negligent in causing you to fall ill, you should chat with someone who can provide expert advice without any obligation to continue with a claim if one should prove to be a possibility. Accident Advice Helpline provides this advice daily for a wide range of people. You can get advice today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from any mobile phone. Getting the advice you want is just the first step to making sure you know whether compensation could be a possibility following your own ill health.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work