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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Work

Carbon monoxide exposure in the workplace is governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (“COSHH”). The workplace exposure limit for carbon monoxide is 30 ppm over the course of an 8 hour working day. A short term exposure limit is also in place, set at 100 ppm. 

The following are some of the issues that your employer should be considering: 

  • risk of exposure to carbon monoxide should be considered at regular intervals, and such considerations documented 
  • could the use of substances leading to the production of carbon monoxide be avoided entirely? If not, could a less harmful agent be used?
  • if exposure cannot be avoided, Personal Protective Equipment should be made available to control the risk where appropriate 
  • that the workplace should be properly ventilated 
  • that any employees identified as potentially exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning should be provided with appropriate information, training and instruction to enable them to identify and deal with the risks 

What can I do?
If you suspect that you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of exposure at work:

  • report the incident to your employer as soon as possible, and ensure that it is logged with the time, date and who you reported it to
  • open any windows in the workplace 
  • move away from the suspected source 
  • seek medical attention as soon as possible 

How can claiming for compensation help me? 
The assessment of compensation, or damages, will depend on the duration and extent of the symptoms suffered. You are entitled to claim for any financial losses suffered as a result of your illness, including loss of earnings and the cost of medication.  

NewLaw has a team of personal injury specialists, who are dedicated to getting the best results for clients who have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. If you feel that you have been affected and would like to make a claim for compensation, call NewLaw Solicitors today.   

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