Workplace Chemical Accidents – Common Causes

Employees can come in contact with harmful chemicals in a range of industries. Whilst many are aware of the dangers of highly corrosive or toxic chemicals found in heavy manufacturing or the petrochemical industry which can cause death, blindness or acute long-term health effects, they often forget less serious chemical injuries such as dermatitis which can be caused by contact with beauty products or cleaning agents for example.

Employers have a legal duty of care to protect the health, safety and wellbeing or their employees in the workplace. If you suffer a chemical injury which was not your fault and you believe that your employee failed breached their duty of care, then you may be entitled to make an accident compensation claim against them.

Below is a list of some of the most common causes of chemical injuries in the workplace:

• Workers coming into immediate physical contact with chemicals (most commonly the eyes or hands). Spillages, unsafe storage, dangerous handling or the absence of personal protective equipment (PPE) are to blame

• The biological make-up of one worker may make them more vulnerable to the potentially harmful effects of such chemicals than another employee

• Breathing in harmful chemicals due to the absence of a suitable vapour extraction system or failure to equip workers with protective respiratory equipment

• Exposure in small doses over an extended time period which causes health problems which may go undetected for months or years from the time of exposure

In order to prevent chemical injuries in the workplace it is essential that employers establish effective health and safety measures, provide their staff with all necessary PPE and train all staff in how to avoid chemical injuries. Failure to do so will be interpreted as a breach of the duty of care by the law.

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