An engineering company that works in the automotive sector company was sentenced and fined in May 2021 after an employee developed an allergic form of dermatitis after being exposed and coming into contact with metalworking fluids.
In April 2019, an employee was splashed in the face and upper body with metalworking fluid whilst cleaning a grinding machine. The employee had a painful, allergic reaction. As a result, their skin became inflamed, broken and began to ooze. They were diagnosed with allergic contact dermatitis, whereby even becoming into contact with a small quantity of the metalworking fluid can develop into a serious reaction. After receiving medical advice, it was concluded that they could no longer continue their role as the risk to health was too severe.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to complete suitable and sufficient risk assessments to identify the potential for metalworking fluid exposure. They found that the company had failed to implement the necessary controls to prevent skin contact. This is of significance, as the company was aware the employee had a history of dermatitis.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. As a result, they were fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £639.59.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Ashley Hall commented: “Dermal risks from metalworking fluids are well known within the industry and there are simple and effective controls available to prevent contact with the skin.
“This serious health condition could have been prevented if the company had carried out the required risk assessment and implemented the necessary control measures, including suitable personal protective equipment, particularly gloves.
“All of these risks and controls are described in HSE and industry guidance, which is widely available.”
Read the full press release from the HSE, Automotive Engineering Company Sentenced After Employee Has Allergic Reaction at Work.
Metalworking Fluid Inspections
HSE has announced that their inspectors are continuing to visit businesses across Great Britain as part of their targeted HSE metalworking fluids (MWFS) inspection programme. We’ve put together a post with top tips on how to pass an HSE metalworking fluid inspection.
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