New Forest company is fined for exposing employees to the risk of dermatitis

Lymington Precision Engineers Co Limited (based in Limington, New Forest) has been fined for failing to prevent the possible spread of dermatitis developing amongst its workers following their exposure to metalworking fluid.

Whilst working on conventional machines like lathes and milling machines, the engineering company’s employees were continually exposed to metalworking fluid from October 2017 to January 2019. The exposure to metalworking fluid can generate very serious and long-term health effects and can be life altering – it can also induce the development of dermatitis and asthma.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) held an investigation that found the company ‘failed to ensure adequate measures were in place for the control of exposure to metalworking fluids, exposing their employees to the risk of contracting dermatitis’.

Subsequently, Lymington Precision Engineers Co Limited pleaded guilty to breaching The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and will pay a £20,000 fine alongside costs of £4,447.46.

HSE inspector Nicola Pinckney commented on the case after the hearing. She said: “This case could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing correct control measures and appropriate working practices. Appropriate controls could include provision and use of well-fitting overalls, use of gloves in contact with contaminated work pieces, avoidance of the use of airlines for cleaning activities, and the provision of an effective skin care regime.

“Control of exposure to hazardous substances is a legal requirement on employers and HSE provides guidance on how control can be achieved.”

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