Companies have been warned that they put themselves at risk of prosecution and injury compensation claims if they fail to comply with legal notices served on them by health inspectors.
The warning follows the prosecution of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, which was fined GBP 6,500 and ordered to pay GBP 4,500 in costs after pleading guilty to two violations of health and safety regulations.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors found the trust was not taking adequate preventative measures against its staff becoming sensitised to latex.
Additionally, it was discovered that the trust had failed to report that a member of staff had been diagnosed with latex-linked occupational dermatitis.
HSE inspector Matthew Tackling commented: "As this case demonstrates, employers need to realise the importance of complying with Improvement Notices as they can be prosecuted for not carrying out the required work within the specified timescale."
Earlier in the month, Prysmian Cables and Systems was sentenced for exposing employees to a known skin irritant, resulting in one worker suffering from dermatitis.