Company exposed its employees to hazardous substances resulting in severe dermatitis


The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a firm after employees were exposed to hazardous substances at work.

Following an investigation by the HSE it came to light that managers at the company failed to control the risk of exposing employees to known skin irritants at their premises.

Without simple procedures in place to protect its employees, one man ended up with severe dermatitis which resulted in his early retirement on medical grounds and the option of any future employment severely limited.

If the company had put in place easy and low cost control measures this could have been avoided.

The company were fined £27,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,700 following the incident.

Anne Bartlett, HSE Inspector commented: "This case illustrates the need for employers to take dermatitis risks as seriously as any other risks to health and safety in the workplace. Dermatitis is not just a 'bit of a rash' which can be ignored, but a painful, debilitating and as this case proves, a life changing condition which can be easily avoided."

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