Most workplaces in Ireland have chemicals and hazardous substances on site. Even in an office environment employees are often exposed to chemicals such as inks, adhesives as well as cleaning and maintenance materials. Certain other workplaces such as construction sites will have exposure to various hazardous substances such as dusts, fumes, fibres for example asbestos as well as liquids such as bleach and also gases such as solvents and carbon monoxide. These substances can be considered hazardous and can have a very harmful effect on human health. The usual means by which these substances can enter the body are inhalation, contact with the skin, ingestion for example swallowing accidentally if a person’s hands are contaminated, and injection for example a sharp object punctures the skin and a hazardous material enters the bloodstream. The effects can happen instantaneous. For example if an employee has a chemical burn that will occur immediately or chronic effects which take a longer period of time to develop, such as chemical exposure to asbestos, which in turn leads to lung cancer. These conditions can take many years to develop after the fact of exposure.
If you believe you have developed some type of injury, illness or disease from exposure to any kind of substance in the workplace, please do not hesitate contacting us for legal advice.
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If you have suffered injury caused by exposure to chemical and hazardous substances at work you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first and we are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.