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Chemical burns can be sustained when mishandling chemicals at work, in school, or due to negligent treatment by service providers such as hairdressers or companies offering cosmetic treatments.


There are specific guidelines and regulations for employers to provide a duty of health and safety care to all employees.

Medical experts

If you do suffer from a chemical burn, our highly experienced team work alongside some of the UK’s leading Barristers and medical experts, ensuring you have access to the very best advice and support.

Chemical burns can occur when your skin or eyes come into contact with an irritant, such as acid, alkaline or caustic chemicals. If ingested, they can cause internal injuries to your organs or senses, including loss of sight.

Common accidents that may result in a chemical burn include:
  • Unsafe storage of chemicals in the workplace.
  • Chemical spillage while using or transporting the substance.
  • Faulty products or equipment.
  • Contact with cleaning products, car-battery acid or chlorination products meant for swimming pools.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) sets out the law for employers to follow for the safe management and handling of substances used in the workplace.

The most common examples of negligence include;

  • Employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals without receiving the appropriate training.
  • A lack of protective equipment.
  • Lack of guidance given about the associated risks when dealing with such substances.

The injuries suffered can range from minor to severe burns, dermatitis, toxic poisoning and loss of sight. In serious cases, exposure to harmful substances can be fatal.

Health & Safety laws aim to ensure reasonable steps are put in place by employers to protect their employees – including making sure you have the training and protective equipment needed to avoid chemical burns. However, these systems can break down when an employer fails to follow the rules and regulations or an accident is caused by the actions (or omissions) of a colleague.

If you do suffer from a chemical burn that wasn’t your fault, Minster Law may be able to help you receive compensation. We will act promptly to ensure the circumstances surrounding the accident are investigated quickly, so the cause of the accident is identified and those responsible are held accountable. We understand you may have concerns about claiming against your employer, but we’re here to guide you and give you the right advice and help when you need it.

Help & Advice

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