In an attempt to reduce the number of work injuries that occur in the UK, new regulations further protecting employees from hazardous sources of artificial light have been introduced.
The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations came into force yesterday (April 27th).
Some sources of artificial light, particularly UV radiation and light from lasers can cause a temporary or permanent loss of vision as well as burns to the skin, which, if experienced at work, could all lead to compensation claims.
The Health and Safety Executive has produced guidance for businesses to follow to ensure they manage the risks from dangerous sources of light effectively.
One company that was recently found to have not complied with health and safety regulations was Tangerine Confectionery Limited.
A worker at the firm’s Poole factory died in 2008 after he was crushed in a piece of machinery.
The confectionary company was fined GBP 300,000 for breaches under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and breaching Regulation 3 (1) (a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Posted by Verity Taylor