Hazardous Chemicals & Employer Liability
I work around hazardous chemicals at a petroleum plant and developed serious
health problems. Is my employer to blame?
Any chemicals or toxic substances at a workplace that can cause harm are
defined as hazardous chemicals. They can include fuels, paints, solvents,
dusts, and other hazardous substances. Federal laws governing worker
health and safety currently regulate exposure to about 400 hazardous chemicals and toxic
The laws set out specific exposure levels that limit the amount of a hazardous
substance that a worker may be exposed to in an eight-hour work day. The
exposure levels vary depending on the toxic substance. Employers must
use protective equipment and other protective measures to keep employees'
exposures within prescribed limits. Safety equipment such as respirators
and other measures must be approved by an industrial hygienist.
Federal law requires employers to provide workers with workplaces that
are free of recognized hazards that may cause serious physical harm or
death. Unfortunately, some employers put profits ahead of worker safety
and don't focus on safe work conditions as they should. If you have
developed an illness or disease through exposure to unsafe levels of hazardous
chemicals or toxic substances, you may be entitled to recover financial
Have you been victimized in an industrial accident?
Don't hesitate to take action. Contact an
industrial accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP today to discuss your case and to learn more
about how we will be able to help you fight for maximum
monetary compensation. We have a full-bodied understanding of the law and are prepared to go
the distance in our efforts to provide our clients with an aggressive
protection of their legal rights.
Contact us immediately to request your free case evaluation.