Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

A variety of industries require workers to handle toxic substances. Painters, industrial workers, construction workers, and cleaners must all handle dangerous chemicals. By law, employers are responsible to maintain a reasonably safe working environment. This means they must get rid of dangerous conditions that could cause harm to employees. However, if they cannot feasibly eliminate these hazards, they must provide adequate safety training to reduce the risk of an accident.

Toxic exposure may be caused by a variety of substances, including:

  • Asbestos
  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Beryllium
  • Solvents
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Aerosol
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Propane
  • Electromagnetic frequency radiation

OSHA Requirements Regarding Toxic Substances

The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set forth guidelines regarding the use of toxic substances. At any workplace where employees must handle chemicals or hazardous substances, employers must provide labels and safety data sheets to inform workers of the risks. Furthermore, employers must provide adequate training and education to help employees safely handle these substances. Failure to do so will put workers at risk for serious injuries.

In addition, chemical manufacturers or those who import dangerous substances must evaluate the hazards of the particular substances they handle. They are responsible to provide safety data sheets and labels to warn customers. Without adequate labeling and safety training, workers may be at risk for toxic exposure.

Toxic exposure at your workplace may cause a variety of negative health effects, such as:

  • Skin irritation
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Other long-term illnesses and injuries

These conditions could lead to expensive medical bills and long-term treatment. Victims have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim to seek financial relief. Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive a settlement for medical expenses, travel costs to and from doctor’s appointments, temporary and permanent disability, lost wages, and other injury-related costs.

However, if your employer’s negligence directly caused your toxic exposure injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against him or her directly. You will need evidence to prove that your employer either failed to provide adequate labels and safety data sheets, failed to properly train you in handling the toxic materials, or failed to comply with federal and state laws regarding toxic substances. Evidence may include medical records, employment records, witness statements, and other documentation.

Dedicated Workplace Injury Attorneys in Corpus Christi – (877) 653-3334

At Sico Hoelscher Harris LLP, we provide diligent legal services to clients who have been injured at work. Our Corpus Christi workplace injury lawyers have guided countless clients through the Texas legal system. If you have suffered toxic exposure at your workplace, we will fight on your behalf every step of the way.

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