Have you worked in the
Could you have been exposed
to vinyl chloride?
Have you suffered as a
result of this exposure?
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Vinyl chloride exposure linked to fatal liver tumours
It is now known that some
people who have worked with, and been exposed to, vinyl
chloride have developed angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer of the
liver. Other workers have developed problems with blood flow
in their hands causing the tips of their fingers to become white
and painful particularly when in cold temperatures. In
extreme cases, the bones in the tips of fingers have broken
Exposure to vinyl chloride had
previously been thought safe at 500 parts per million parts of air.
However, in its 1974 revised safety data sheet, NIOSH (The
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) were
unable to describe a safe level of exposure and the concept of a
threshold limit for vinyl chloride gas in the atmosphere was
rejected. Consequently NIOSH recommended that where an employee was
exposed to any measurable concentration of vinyl
chloride, that employee must wear an air supplied respirator.
What is Vinyl Chloride?
At normal temperatures,
vinyl chloride is a colourless, flammable gas with a mild, sweet
odour. It is a manufactured substance that is used to make
polyvinyl chloride or PVC, which in turn is used to make a variety
of plastic products. Vinyl chloride has been used in
polymerisation and PVC fabrication plants in various parts of the
UK including at ICI and Dow Corning Chemicals.
Millions of pounds in compensation
have already been recovered from workers compensation cases brought
in the UK as well as in the US.
There has been much controversy
about the plastic industry’s knowledge of the risks of vinyl
Hugh James industrial disease experience
Hugh James have been advising and
representing workers in industrial disease claims such as
respiratory disease and Vibration white finger for over 20 years.
We are leaders in our field.
We were involved in the
original test cases for the chest disease and the vibration white
finger claims, resulting in the Government paying out many millions
of pounds in compensation to thousands of sick and injured