It's an unfortunate fact that, simply because of their choice of occupation, many workers come into contact with hazardous substances and chemicals on a daily basis. Continued exposure to such substances can result in potentially debilitating health problems. As a result, a set of regulations was introduced to afford protection to those working with and being exposed to dangerous and hazardous materials whilst simply trying to do their job.
These regulations are the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 - or COSHH as they are more commonly known. They make it the legal responsibility of employers to control exposure to hazardous substances in order to prevent ill health in employees who come into contact with such substances. The regulations protect both employees and others who may be exposed.
What responsibilities does your employer have?
In order to comply with these regulations and the law, employers must assess the risks involved in jobs, implement any measures needed to control the exposure, such as making sure all staff are fully trained and that the workplace is properly supervised, and generally ensure good and safe working practices.
Another relevant piece of legislation is the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015). This piece of legislation builds upon the previous CDM regulations 2007, which imposed a duty on construction site managers to provide suitable and sufficient washing facilities including showers, sanitary conveniences, and facilities for rest.
If suitable and sufficient washing facilities have not been provided and this has caused injury or exacerbated a pre-existing or underlying injury to a worker then the construction site managers is likely to be deemed to have failed in this duty.
Other key regulations stated in CDM 2015 include making sure a sufficient number of emergency routes and exits are provided and that each construction site has a reasonable amount of fresh air.
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Becoming ill from exposure to a hazardous substance can create very difficult circumstances for you and your loved ones, and it can be frustrating to know that the exposure was caused by an employer's negligence.
Receiving compensation for exposure to hazardous substances can help.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a hazardous substance at work give one of Thompsons' experienced personal injury solicitors a call today, and they'll discuss your options with you, providing you with expert advice so you can make a well-informed decision on the next step to take. Plus, we have a No Win No Fee package available if you decide you would like to take matters further.