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£100,000 fine after employees suffered from painful allergy

Photo-Me International plc was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 costs at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday 28 September for health and safety offences. The company pleaded guilty on 16 August at Bristol Magistrates’ Court and was committed to the Crown Court for sentence. Photo-Me was fined £30,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and £10,000 for 6 separate breaches of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations for not making adequate risk assessments, not preventing or controlling exposure of employees to chemicals, and for not providing any ‘health surveillance’ of employees at-risk. They were also fined £10,000 for not reporting a case of the disease to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and were ordered to pay £30,000 costs.

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