20 August 2008
NHS trust made to pay after worker exposed to dangerous chemical
An NHS trust has been issued a fine after one of its workers was exposed to a hazardous chemical.
The employee came into contact with gluteraldehyde - a substance which can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and throat, as well as problems with the lungs and respiratory system - while cleaning an X-ray film processor for several years without protection.
During a hearing at Boston magistrates' court, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was ordered to pay £18,500 plus £3,504 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulation 5 (1) of the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Jo Anderson said: "All employers must have systems in place to ensure that work with hazardous substances is identified in order that the health of employees can be properly protected."
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