Thompsons Solicitors wants employers to take safety seriously.
Most organisations today use or create substances that could harm employees or other people at work. Some substances such as chemicals, fumes and gases can make employees ill.
These substances can also be found in household products like paint, bleach or dust from natural fibres. They can have life-threatening consequences if inhaled on a regular basis.
Thousands of workers die each year from illnesses caused by overexposure to hazardous substances at work. According to government figures, an estimated 13,000 people die each year from exposure to chemicals or dusts and around 14,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems are reported annually.
Employers have a legal duty of care to protect their employees in the workplace. This includes preventing or reducing workers’ exposure to hazardous substances at work and complying with the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations 2002.