Employees who work at jobs that involve chemicals should be aware of the dangers they face. Workplace accidents do not just involve slips, falls and falling objects. The risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals is a serious risk in some work environments.
Many substances used in manufacturing industries and other sectors are volatile. It is not uncommon for workers in these fields to suffer severe and long-term injuries from exposure to these toxins.
Employers must take measures to minimize dangers
For those who work with dangerous chemicals, the risk of burns and development of respiratory issues is always present. Employers are required by law to inform workers about the hazards they face when at work. They must also provide them with proper training and personal safety equipment to minimize the risk of injury. No matter what you’re working with, your employer has a duty to minimize the risk of exposure and harm to you, the employee, as much as possible.
Unfortunately, some company owners do not follow proper safety guidelines or may not be aware of changes to such guidelines when they occur. As a result, the regulations that are meant to keep workers safe aren’t effective.
Chemicals and toxins pose long-term health risks to workers
Exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace does not usually cause obvious and immediate injuries or illnesses. It can take years for a worker to develop an occupational disease such as cancer, mesothelioma or tuberculosis. However, it is not unusual for some employees to experience adverse reactions and become sick in the hours, days and months after exposure.
Because there is an increased risk of harm in work environments that contain chemicals, workers should not rely solely on their employer to protect them from injuries and occupational diseases. Employees should review all company and training policies to ensure they understand what to do when working with dangerous toxins. They should also report all defective equipment, machinery and safety apparatuses.
Furthermore, to file a workers’ compensation claim, immediate documentation of all accidents, ailments and symptoms is crucial. If you suspect your illness has been caused by your exposure to chemicals, toxins or hazardous substances at work, an attorney can help you assess your possible claim for financial support.