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Staff exposed to chemicals

Chemical manufacturing company Endeavour Speciality Chemicals Ltd has been fined a total of £15,000, after a former member of staff was diagnosed with occupational asthma and rhinitis due to her handling of a variety of toxic substances, mainly in liquid form, that were classed as hazardous to health, in the course of employment.

Commenting, Health and Safety Executive inspector James Wright said “The company’s failure to assess the risks, and implement control measures for what was a simple work process, has resulted in an employee suffering years of ill health, and has probably prevented her from ever working with chemicals again.

This set of template risk assessment forms can help you follow a systematic method of looking at work activities, assessing what could go wrong and deciding what controls you need to implement in order to prevent loss, damage or injury.

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