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WEEE recycling firm faces mercury charges

An electrical recycling firm charged with exposing employees to mercury will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 20 July.

Electrical Waste Recycling Group, based in Kirkheaton in Huddersfield, is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.

Company director Craig Thompson is also facing charges.

The firm recycles waste electrical and electronic equipment, including light tubes containing mercury, lamps, and batteries. Its headquarters is based in Glasgow, Scotland.

A HSE spokeswoman told MRW that owner Thompson had been charged under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 under regulation 7.1, for failing to adequately control exposure to mercury.

Regulation 7.1 states:
Every employer shall ensure that the exposure of his employees to substances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.

COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health.

The firm is also being charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 under regulation 2.1 which states: It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.

It is also alleged that the company did not have arrangements for ensuring safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling and storage of articles and substances.

Thompson will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court for committal to Crown Court on 20 July.


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