Chemicals and hazardous materials are used in many work environments such as: factories, farms, homes, laboratories, offices, schools, shops, beauty salons and industries specialising in pest control. Employers are required to control the use of chemicals and exposure to hazardous materials at work and must risk assess the risks in the workplace. Following risk assessments, employers are required to implement and maintain effective control measures. Chemicals or hazardous materials in the workplace can result in poisoning and in some instances diseases such as asthma, dermatitis or cancer.
If you or a loved one have been poisoned by a chemical or harmed by a hazardous material as a result of your working environment then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.
How might poisoning at work occur?
Poisoning at work can occur as a result on inhaling, ingesting or absorbing a toxic chemical through the skin.
Chemicals and hazardous materials that can result in a poisoning at work compensation claim include, but are not limited to:
- carbon monoxide
- methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)
- polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
It is also possible to bring a claim as a member of the public if you have come into contact with industrial waste due to an inappropriate disposal of waste into the local area.
If you have been injured, poisoned or developed a disease due to contact with a chemical or hazardous material and consider that another has negligently exposed you to the chemical or hazardous material then you may have a potential poisoning compensation claim. To discuss the potential of bringing a poisoning compensation claim please call our Industrial Disease lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.