The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined Fine Organics Ltd £224,000 with costs of £17,098 for exposing workers to harmful chemicals, which caused long-term damage to their skin.

Fine Organics Ltd (now trading as Liahectec) failed to manage the risk of exposure to chemicals harmful to health, resulting in workers being exposed to chemicals, which caused long-term damage to their skin. Workers suffered rashes and in some cases were unable to continue working at the site.

The HSE investigation found that “they failed to conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, failed to prevent the release of hazardous substances, failed to prevent spread of contamination, failed to properly decontaminate and they failed to have in place an effective system of health surveillance”.

Fine Organics Ltd, of Seals Sands, Teesside, pleaded guilty to breaching 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Julian Nettleton said: “This was a case where the company failed to assess the risk and failed to implement appropriate control measures to manage the risk of exposure to these chemicals. If this had been done, then workers would not have been exposed to the chemicals and suffered harm as a result.”

Last reviewed 13 March 2019