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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Solicitors in Lowestoft

    Solicitors in Lowestoft

    When people look for solicitors in Lowestoft, one of the names they often encounter is ours; Accident Advice Helpline. As injury claim specialist solicitors, we are often asked to help people to raise personal injury claims relating to metalworking fluids that are used in the workplace. When they are not adequately controlled they can be the source of skin related diseases and conditions and even respiratory illnesses too.

    The risks of working with metalworking fluids

    The allergic alveolitis (EAA) type of reactions that metalworking fluids can trigger or aggravate include dermatitis, occupational related asthma and bronchitis, breathing problems including irritation to the upper respiratory tract, and on rare occasions a lung disease known as extrinsicC.O.S.H.H. Regulations

    The HSE regulations that deal with these types of fluids and chemical substances in general are the C.O.S.H.H. Regulations (Care of Substances Hazardous to Health).

    The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has a website dedicated to COSHH, and in view of the serious nature of working with and controlling the use of metalworking fluids, they also produce a publication (which is free and can be downloaded from their COSHH website) entitled: “e-COSHH essentials – metalworking guidance sheets.”

    The importance of carrying out risk assessments

    Best practice dictates that employers need to carry out risk assessments into the use of any chemicals in the workplace that employees have occasion to come into contact with, whether through direct or secondary skin contact, inhalation or ingestion. COSHH guidance says that employers must:

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    • Use the HSE’s self-assessment questionnaire (which can be downloaded in PDF format from the HSE website) to conduct a thorough risk assessment
    • Control and maintain bacterial contamination
    • Keep skin exposure to fluids to an absolute minimum
    • Eliminate or manage airborne mist or spray
    • In risk of exposure carry out health surveillance checks

    The employer’s duty of care in terms of protecting employees from the risks associated with metalworking fluids may involve:

    • Installing workstations incorporating appropriate ventilation
    • Regular checking of bacterial contamination
    • Having a responsible person on hand to carry out health surveys
    • Maintaining regular asthma health checks
    • Ensuring exposure victims are referred to an appropriate occupational health professional
    • Taking urgent action to diagnose and identify the source of any contamination and introduce appropriate controls
    • Apprising employees of all information available with regard to metalwork substances in use

    To help employers to apprise employees of the risks associated with metalworking fluids the HSE produces a publication entitled “Working Safely with Metalworking Fluids-a guide for employees”.

    Solicitors in Lowestoft

    If you’re the victim of a condition brought about through exposure to metalworking fluids and you believe your employer to be at fault, solicitors in Lowestoft may be able to help. Accident Advice Helpline offers a national injury claim service for all workers here in the UK, entitling them to:

    • An industry leading no-win, no-fee service – recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen
    • Use of our 30-second HOW MUCH compensation calculator
    • Comprehensive customer support from our solicitors in Lowestoft
    • A helpline – 0800 180 4123 from any landline, or 0333 500 0992 from any mobile

    Date Published: 21st April 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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