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Worker contracts allergic contact dermatitis

Date:
14 June 2016

A company based in Hereford which manufactures rubber sealants has been fined after a worker contracted allergic contact dermatitis.

Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee contracted the skin disease after being exposed to sensitising ingredients in rubber compounds.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to assess risks from products used or manage those risks.

The company’s health and safety advisor failed to understand the underlying issues to the level required for the company to understand its responsibilities.

TRP Polymer Solutions Limited, of Netherwood Road, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulations 6 and 11 of the Control of Substances hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH), and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,529.

Paula Underwood, a self-employed health and safety advisor, of Slaughter Castle, Kimbolton, Leominster, Herefordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, for failing to carry out her duty under the act to a level of competence expected by someone carrying out her role, thereby exposing others to risks to their health and safety, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £200.

For further information on COSHH visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/harmful/coshh.htm

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