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Dangerous Chemicals in the Workplace

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Nov-2014

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:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Industry
  • Mining
  • Painting
  • Refinery Work
  • Vehicle Repair
  • Welding

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:

  • Asbestos
  • Glues & Adhesives
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum Products
  • Radon Gas
  • Solvents

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:

  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Goggles or Safety Glasses
  • Hazmat Suits
  • Lined Aprons
  • Masks or Face Shields
  • Respirators

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.

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