The average person encounters various toxic chemicals in their daily lives, from cleaning products to pesticides and water contaminants. However, certain industries pose a higher risk of exposure to toxic chemicals, increasing the likelihood of significant health issues for workers.
In such cases, affected individuals may have the option to file for workers’ compensation based on their workplace chemical exposure. Read on to learn more and then contact PLBSH at (800) 435-7542 to request a free legal consultation.
High-Risk Industries and Occupations
In some industries, exposure to toxic chemicals is almost unavoidable, despite taking precautionary measures such as wearing protective gear or masks. These industries include farming, where pesticides are sprayed on crops, mining operations, jobs involving regular inhalation of diesel fumes, construction industry roles, occupations related to welding or painting, and work in the aerospace industry.
Additionally, certain jobs in the food industry can expose workers to toxic chemicals. For instance, the flavoring used in popular snack food like microwave popcorn can be harmful when inhaled. Employees working in plants that manufacture such products face a significant risk of chemical exposure and potential job-related illnesses as a consequence.
Employer Responsibilities and Education
Workers rely on their employers to provide clear warnings, labels, signs, and information about the risks associated with toxic chemicals. This is typically done for known toxic substances such as caustic chemicals, acids, and radioactive materials.
However, situations may arise where employers fail to recognize the toxicity of certain substances, such as popcorn flavoring, or materials that may seem harmless in small doses, like cleaning solutions, but become detrimental with repeated exposure over time.
Role of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays a crucial role in safeguarding workers from workplace injuries, including exposure to toxic chemicals. OSHA mandates that employers educate and inform employees about the risks associated with known toxic substances.
However, it also allows for permissible exposure levels to certain airborne chemicals. If the concentration of a chemical in the air surpasses the permissible limit, employers must either remove employees from the hazardous environment or take necessary measures to ensure the air becomes safe for breathing again.
Health Implications and Injuries
Exposure to toxic chemicals can result in severe injuries, including respiratory problems, memory loss, internal organ damage, and severe skin burns. These injuries can occur immediately after exposure or develop over time due to prolonged contact with the chemicals.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation for Toxic Chemical Exposure
If you have suffered an injury or illness due to toxic chemical exposure in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. At PLBSH, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys specialize in assisting injured employees in obtaining the compensation and benefits they deserve for their injuries, including those resulting from toxic chemical exposure. Contact our office today at (800) 435-7542 to schedule a free initial consultation and learn how we can advocate for your rights and help you navigate the workers’ compensation process effectively.