This week Tescos were prosecuted after a worker sustained a chemical eye burn whilst using a corrosive cleaning product, resulting in a fine of £116,000 and legal costs of £10,625. The product splashed into the worker's face causing eye burns and occurred as a result of not wearing goggles. It also transpired that the worker had learning disabilities which his manager was aware of.
Actions for employers:
If chemicals and substances are used in the workplace then COSHH assessments should be prepared which highlight the necessary actions to be taken to protect the user.
Introduce control measures as identified in the COSHH assessment.
Although goggles and other protective equipment can be used as methods of controlling the risks, these should be used as a last resort. Consider substituting the chemical for a less dangerous alternative.
Consider any vulnerable employees who may need additional support.
All employees should receive information and training in safe working practices.
If you require support with your COSHH or safety procedures, contact CG Safety.