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Rubber Industry Health and Safety

Introduction to The Rubber Industry
  The Rubber Industry in the UK
Chemicals in Rubber
  Dangerous Chemicals used in the Rubber Industry
What employers need to do
  Duty to protect employees
Cancer Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a Cancer Compensation Claim

Introduction to The Rubber Industry

The Rubber Industry in the UK

The rubber industry in the UK employs many thousands of people and as it is a traditional heavy industry, it poses a number of health and safety risks to workers employed in that sector.

Some of the most common health problems affecting works in the rubber industry include manual handling injuries, slips and trips at work, injuries caused by machinery, occupational deafness and lung conditions caused by dust and fumes.

The health risk we are going to focus on, within this page is the risk of developing cancer caused by chemicals used in the rubber manufacturing process.  If you have been diagnosed with cancer, caused by your working conditions you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  For more information call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Chemicals in Rubber

Dangerous Chemicals used in the Rubber Industry

Until 1949 a chemical called Nonox S was used in rubber compounding which contained a contaminant called antioxidant beta-naphthylamine which was found to cause bladder cancer. Nonox S was withdrawn from use in 1949 and the number of reported bladder cancer cases dropped significantly after that time.

Unfortunately, studies carried out after the withdrawal of Nonox S also showed that workers in the rubber industry were found to suffer an increased risk of developing lung cancers and stomach cancers as a result of fumes and dust created in the working environment.  More recent studies show that the number of reported lung cancer and stomach cancer cases from workers in the rubber industry have decreased significantly.

Presently, a chemical called MbOCA (2,2'-Dicholoro-4,4'-methylene dianiline) is used in the manufacture of moulded polyurethane as a curing agent.  MbOCA can cause bladder cancer if it is inhaled, absorbed through contact with the skin or ingested with food, drink or cigarettes.

If you believe that your working conditions have caused you to develop cancer, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  To discuss the possibility further, call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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What employers need to do

Duty to protect employees

Employers within the rubber industry like all other employers have a duty to protect their employees from injury in the workplace.  This includes protecting them from the risk of developing industrial illnesses as a result of contact with dangerous chemicals, fumes and dust.

There are regulations in place to control the levels of exposure to rubber process dust and rubber fume and it is important that employers abide by these regulations.  The air within the working environment for rubber industries should be monitored regularly and levels of dust and fumes should be kept as low as reasonably practical.

Cleanliness and a good level of ventilation are important as well as providing employers with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as breathing apparatus and protective gloves.

If you have developed cancer which you believe has been caused by your working conditions, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  For more information call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Cancer Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a Cancer Compensation Claim

If you or anyone you know has developed bladder cancer or any other industrial disease as a result of working in the rubber industry, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury compensation claim, including bladder cancer compensation claims. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters and have teams of solicitors who specialise in dealing with claims for industrial diseases such as bladder cancer compensation claims. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for bladder cancer compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a bladder cancer claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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