Industrial chemicals can have a damaging impact on employees, equipment and the environment. If you can trace problems with health and local ecosystems back to your workplace, you may need to reassess your use of a particular substance in the manufacturing process.
Hazardous industrial chemicals appear in many forms, but often cause damage to humans and local wildlife due to inhalation, poor containment or proximity to dangerous substances. European legislation is put in place to ensure manufacturers and industrial facilities use toxic chemicals with care in order to protect workers and the environment. As a result, they must register certain substances with REACH which is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals. Substances must be registered in order to legally supply or manufacture them. Data must be provided on substances produced over a tonne. This helps the body to assess any potential hazards.
Once of the most widely-known industrial substances to cause illness is asbestos. Asbestos is a building material that has been widely used in the past and which, when disturbed, releases tiny fibres that can make their way into the lungs, resulting in inflammation and an increased risk of diseases such as emphysema and lung cancer.
Although legislation is now in place to prevent the installation of asbestos and to ensure that any existing asbestos is either removed safely, or that proper guidelines exist for the safety of those working with it, there are in fact items still being made out of it throughout the world including brakes and clutches. Many people have claimed successfully from their employer, and a good compensation solicitor can help to ensure that employees receive the compensation they deserve to help deal with their illness and to replace the earnings that you could be losing through bad health. So imagine the consequences for industrial facilities using hazardous chemicals that have not been registered or checked before importation. It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Industrial illnesses can also include damage caused by working in certain environments for long periods of time. Those who work in environments involving unchecked toxic chemicals may suffer problems with their health. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that health and safety are protected and if employees work in this type of environment, they should be given proper training. If they are suffering from hearing problems and think that they can show their employer failed to provide the proper protection, they can contact a compensation solicitor to see if they can claim compensation.
Other contamination can be traced to the workplace, and using a Reach Regulations Advice & Consultancy can help you to ensure that you pay attention to corporate duties towards the health and safety of the surrounding environment and comply with all relevant legislation. If an employee’s health has been damaged because of the environment they work in, or you believe the environment could be at risk because of substances on site, it is best to contact professional toxicologists. Talk to REACH Regulations Advice & Consultancy specialists for more information.