Chemicals are necessary for many industrial jobs and can even make some
tasks much easier. However, many of these chemicals can be hazardous if
they are touched or inhaled, causing both short- and long-term damage
to workers who are exposed to them. Even basic cleaning solutions can
be harmful if workers do not take proper precautions against exposure to them.
Jobs requiring contact with dangerous chemicals include:
- Medical Industry
- Refinery Work
- Vehicle Repair
Although these jobs include a consistent risk of exposure, many jobs may
bring a worker into contact with hazardous materials. Training can help
workers understand how to deal with a dangerous chemical, and what help
to seek if exposure should occur.
Dangerous chemicals can include:
- Glues & Adhesives
- Petroleum Products
- Radon Gas
These chemicals can cause a wide range of harm, including nausea, chemicals
burns, rashes, lung damage, and kidney damage if a worker is exposed.
This makes it imperative that workers receive training regarding dangerous
chemicals, including how to prevent exposure and what to do if it should
occur. Safety equipment must be provided to workers who may come into
contact with these chemicals, with consistent maintenance on each piece.
Safety equipment to prevent exposure to dangerous chemicals:
- Goggles or Safety Glasses
- Hazmat Suits
- Lined Aprons
- Masks or Face Shields
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be used to provide information
on known toxic substances, especially when they are being stored or transported.
These sheets provide information on health effects, storage instructions,
and first aid instructions. Employers are also required to provide adequate
training, equipment, and first aid supplies for employees.
It is important not to underestimate the negative effects of chemical exposure.
Long-term exposure to even a small amount of a dangerous material can
cause a worker to develop serious health issues, such as cancer. If you
suspect that you have been exposed to a dangerous substance or that you
are being exposed on a consistent basis, contact a medical professional
immediately to assess your situation.
If your employer has not taken the steps to protect you and your fellow
workers from dangerous chemicals, or if you have been injured by a hazardous
material due to another's negligence, you may have grounds for legal
action. The attorneys of Arnold & Itkin can help review your case
and determine the best way to proceed.
Contact our industrial injury attorneys today for a free case evaluation.