Toluene is a toxic chemical commonly used in the metal, paint, dye and adhesive industries, which if used at or below recommended safety levels should have no odour in the workplace.
Air sampling should therefore be carried out to make sure that levels of toluene remain within safety limits – if toluene can be detected in the air, then it is likely safety levels have been exceeded and workers’ health may be at risk.
Symptoms of exposure to toluene in the workplace include:
Serious illness can result from chronic exposure to toluene – or sudden and excessive exposure to toluene – including:
In extreme circumstances, being exposed to high levels of toluene in a closed environment or poorly ventilated environment may result in death.
Toluene exposure has also been found to cause miscarriage in pregnant women.
Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from the health risks associated with toluene, including carrying out risk assessments and providing any health checks needed.
Duncan Lewis industrial disease claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with industrial diseases caused by exposure to toluene at work on how to make a no win no fee toluene compensation claim.
Workers who have been diagnosed with work-related disease caused by exposure to toluene have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a worker from toluene exposure in the workplace – or has failed to advise a worker of the risks under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Because industrial diseases linked to toluene exposure can take years to develop, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors can help with tracing the insurers of a former employer using the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) and records held at Companies House. Even if an employer is no longer in business or a company was taken over a former employer’s business, it is still possible to trace the Employers' Liability (EL) insurer to make a claim for toluene exposure compensation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of a disease linked to work-related toluene exposure – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with an industrial disease caused by toluene – on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases and their families on how to make toluene disease compensation claims – including historic cases where a disease or degenerative condition caused by exposure to toluene has been diagnosed.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and later being diagnosed with an industrial disease caused by exposure to toluene in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related toluene diseases, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of industrial disease linked to toluene exposure to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Toluene Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.