Employers to protect workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. A nurse who suffered an anaphylactic reaction after using latex gloves whileworking has won almost £250,000 in compensation and cleared the way for similarcases against employers. The decision marks the end of an eight-year legal battle that saw the ruleson harmful substances tightened up. An earlier High Court ruling in the caseforced employers to ensure that staff are protected from potentially harmfulsubstances such as latex. Alison Dudgmore was forced to give up nursing after she developed alife-threatening allergy to latex after working at two hospitals in Swansea.She suffered respiratory problems and skin irritation after using the glovesand still carries an epi-pen in case she comes in to contact with latex. Cardiff County Court awarded Dudgmore £240,000 compensation after the HighCourt found in her favour in 2002 in a decision that made employers liable forthe protection of staff from harmful substances. Dave Prentis, general secretary of trade union Unison which handled thecase, said employers could no longer argue they did not know a substance wasdangerous. “By winning this case Unison has established an important legalprecedent – that employers have a strict liability to ensure they protect theworkforce from harmful substances such as latex. This has consequences not onlyfor the NHS but for industry as a whole,” he said. Comments are closed. Employers to protect workersOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more