A company director has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the sale of a paint stripper and a plant protection product containing prohibited substances.
In August 2014, a complaint was made to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that Abel (UK) Ltd was selling a plant protection product containing sodium chlorate, which has been banned since 2010.
An investigation by the HSE also found the company was selling paint stripper containing dichloromethane (DCM), which is restricted under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) European Union regulation.
The company also failed to check at the point of sale whether the paint stripper containing DCM was either being sold for use in industrial installations or, after October 2016, to appropriately certificated professionals, which is a condition of sale.
HSE worked with online platforms to have advertisements for the products taken down and served enforcement notices to prohibit further supply.
However, the enforcement notices were ignored by Abel (UK) Ltd, a statement from the executive said.
Abel (UK) Ltd’s director, Nicholas Corbett of Weddington Road, Nuneaton pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 9 and 18 of The Plant Protection Products Regulations 2011 and regulation 10 of The REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008, and was given a 10-month custodial sentence.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Dutton said: “Companies should be aware that HSE will take robust action against those who unnecessarily put the lives of workers and the public at risk, and against those who endanger the environment, through the inappropriate supply and use of chemicals.”