Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Police constable sues force after inhaling cannabis fumes

Fumes from drying marijuana plants made her ill, a woman
police constable claimed.
A woman police constable cleaning up a cannabis factory claimed the fumes made her ill and caused her to injure herself on the job.

The policewoman sued the Hampshire Police Force and won nearly £5,000 after cutting her thumb when she tried to open a window.

She said the force breached its duty as an employer by exposing her to cannabis fumes and failing to provide protective equipment, especially thick gloves.

The police constable was cleaning out a property used to grow marijuana plants, and the policewoman's lawyer argued that the flat was dangerous and featured foreseeable risk of injury.

The constables were only given thin latex gloves and the property suffered from limited ventilation, he said.

The police force contested the ruling, saying that the police constable's job was pulling out cannabis plants. Thick gloves did not seem necessary, as there were no sharp edges involved.

Source: Daily Mail UK

Protect police force from dangerous fumes

Working as a police officer comes with many risks, but the police force can take measures to reduce these risks, especially when it comes to the inhalation of risky fumes and odors on the job.

Electrocorp has provided police stations across North America with high-quality air purifiers to provide cleaner, more breathable air when needed.

The air cleaners feature a thick carbon wall to remove airborne chemicals, gases and fumes as well as odors, a medical-grade HEPA filter for the abatement of particles and biological contaminants and optional UV light to neutralize bacteria, viruses and mold (including aspergillus mold).

Electrocorp offers a variety of units for spaces of all sizes. The portable air purifiers can also easily accompany police officers on the road to provide cleaner air in spaces that are under investigation or need clearing out.

For more information, contact Electrocorp and speak to an IAQ expert.

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