Companies are being warned they face fines and work injury compensation claims if they fail to ensure employees are properly protected from hazardous chemicals, following the prosecution of two printing firms.
Garnett Dickinson Print was fined £1,330 and Pulse Printing Products was fined £340 following an investigation into cases of dermatitis.
The illness was found to have arisen from the use of UV curable laquers to apply a glossy finish to magazine covers, which had gone on to cause injury to employees at the firms.
"Because of some basic flaws in Garnett Dickinson’s management of the situation, workers’ health was put at risk by repeated exposure to this irritant substance," said Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Steve Kay.
There was a lack of protective equipment, such as gloves, and employees had not been trained to handle the dangers of the chemical, according to the HSE.
It follows an incident in north-east Lincolnshire in which a firm was fined for releasing a toxic cloud of titanium tetrachloride into the atmosphere.