Chemicals are employed in many businesses to complete a variety of different tasks. Sometimes used in industries such as manufacturing, cleaning, or agriculture, staff members may be exposed to these substances every day of their working lives.
However, although some chemicals could be relatively harmless, others have the potential to cause serious personal injury. In certain situations, those adversely affected by substances at work may be unable to continue their jobs, fulfil their pre-accident lifestyles, or might require regular medical care.
Fortunately, various legislative documents, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, pose several duties on employers – such as requiring them to reasonably prevent staff members from being exposed to hazardous substances.
Moreover, when a substance is annually manufactured or imported into the European Union in amounts greater than one tonne, a regulation called the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) should apply.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, this legislation has several aims, such as making manufacturers as well as importers responsible for the safety of their chemicals and ensuring that those who work with hazardous substances are provided with suitable protection.
Although certain types of chemicals can potentially have serious adverse effects, research published in 2013 suggests that many employers might not be taking these hazards seriously.
The survey, conducted by manufacturers' organisation EEF, appeared to show that approximately 30% of employers felt REACH was not important to their business operations while around 20% believed this legislation did not apply to them. Rather worryingly, the findings suggested that managing chemicals was not a "key business priority" for 80% of employers.
Many substances have the potential to cause serious harm. Therefore, when dangerous chemicals are being used in the workplace, a manager's first priority should be to reasonably prevent these substances from injuring staff members. Otherwise, if their negligence results in a workplace accident, they may be found liable if those adversely affected decide to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for a chemical accident with Seth Lovis & Co
If you have sustained personal injury due to working with hazardous substances in the workplace, you may be entitled to receive damages through the services of a Seth Lovis & Co chemical accident solicitor – providing the incident was not your fault.
Moreover, if your claim is successful, any funds awarded could potentially improve your lifestyle, recover lost earnings, or provide rehabilitation fees.
To find out more information about our services – such as how to make a chemical burn compensation claim – please call us on 0808 252 0678 or complete one of our online enquiry forms today.