Trichloroethylene (TCE) Exposure (Trike) Claim *
What is Trichloroethylene?
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a halocarbon which is commonly used as an industrial solvent. It is often used to remove grease from metal parts and equipment and is also used as a chemical in the production of other chemicals. TCE, also known as trike, is a well-known toxin which is also an irritant and carcinogen. Overexposure can often lead to various industrial diseases. As this halocarbon is more commonly used in a number of industries it is more commonly associated with workplace injuries and accidents. Many of these injuries are caused as a result of negligence on behalf on the employer who has failed to show a reasonable level of duty of care for the health and safety of their employees.
An important part of this claims process is determining liability for the injuries or illnesses which have been sustained as a result of TCE exposure. If you have developed an illness as a result of an accident at work it will likely be your employer who is found liable. All employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees throughout the course of their work. Failing to follow regulations which are in place can result in personal injuries being sustained. In order to prevent these accidents it is important that frequent risk assessments are carried out in order to identify and eliminate potential hazards. The results of these assessments should also be made available to employees as it is important that they are aware of risks in their working environment. If it is found that an employer has failed to show a reasonable level of duty of care which has led to the occurrence of an accident, they could be found liable in a claim made for an accident in the workplace *.
Recommended levels of TCE
Workplace exposure limits (WELs) are very important and are approved by the HSE. In order to determine these limits, the amount of TCE in the environment is averaged over a certain period of time, both long and short term.
Long Term: For 8 hour periods TCE exposure should be limited to 100 ppm.
Short Term: For 15 minutes periods, exposure of TCE should be limited to 150 ppm.
These limits are in place in order to prevent irritation of the skin and injuries such as contact dermatitis. Over longer periods of time these limits are in place to prevent long-term problems and industrial illnesses.
Symptoms of Trike Exposure
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Burning of the mouth and stomach
- Eye irritation and burning
- Skin irritation
- Burn Injuries
TCE is also classified as a probable carcinogen which can lead to cancer and Parkinson’s diseases if overexposed to the chemical. Carcinogens can have a negative impact on the general health of a person and symptoms may not appear for some time.
Employees who work in industrial environments should be trained on the risks associated with TCE and how it can affect machinery and equipment in the workplace. This can help to prevent accidents from occurring and employees will be aware of how to carry out their work in a safe manner.
Lack of Protective Equipment
In industries where hazardous substances are in production, all employees should be provided with adequate protective equipment. This includes clothing, footwear, glasses, gloves and facial protection. In places where substances like TCE are used, breathing equipment should also be provided in order to prevent the chemical from entering the body and affecting the lungs and internal organs. Failing to provide these items can lead to serious and long-term illnesses and respiratory diseases. This also helps to ensure that employees do not come into direct contact with TCE. When it is used as a solvent is will be on machinery and equipment in the workplace so it is important that gloves are worn to prevent dermatitis and skin irritation from developing as a result of this.
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