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Hampshire hygiene consultancy firm fined after admitting failures
A Hampshire-based hygiene consultancy firm has been fined £2,000 after it is said to have put workers at risk of exposure to hazardous substances.
Envirochem Analytical Laboratories provides an occupational hygiene consultancy service to customers across the South of England. The reports are used by these customers to make decisions regarding necessary controls to protect their workforces from risks to their health from substances including hazardous chemicals and dusts.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found a report to be inadequate and did not provide the information necessary regarding the extent of exposure to hazardous substances, including isocyanates from paint spraying; a potent respiratory sensitiser. The report used inappropriate occupational hygiene monitoring and analysis methods and consequently under-reported the actual exposures at the customer's premises.
Portsmouth Magistrates Court heard the services the company provided included the provision of reports, following testing carried out by their consultants at customer premises.
Envirochem Analytical Laboratories, of The Gardens, Broadcut, Fareham, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £6,583 in costs at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court in May 2023.
15th June 2023