I have been with my company since September 2011, so almost 4 years.
Thanks for getting back to me.
The investigation "1." has been carried out, and it is now progressing to stage "2." (the disciplinary hearing). Gross misconduct is being mentioned as my employer are mentioning that this is a "serious breach of company rules with a health and safety implication". I am trying to gather all the information on what I did to demonstrate that, although I did not follow a formalised SOP, I did complete the task assigned. I had mentally risk assessed the procedure and the course of action I followed was, in my opinion, the best course of action. I am trying to argue that it was just a "breach of company regulations, with no health and safety implications". Several witnesses have stated that they smelled lactide (one of the components of what I was working with), but I could argue that this would have been the case just on opening the oven door. I now have to convince my employer that what I did was not a health and safety risk. I am just trying to gather all the information to demonstrate this. It does, however, look like the odds are stacked against me.