We want to talk for a moment about a workplace problem that many people do not focus on – hazardous chemicals and toxic substances in the workplace. While most people tend to focus on the traumatic injuries that happen at work, we know that almost all places of business have some kind of hazardous material present.
Yes, some industries have more hazardous material than others, but even regular cleaning supplies can become dangerous if not used and stored properly. Do you know where to turn if you are injured or become ill due to chemicals or workplace materials?
When you need a San Diego work injury attorney, you can count on Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP to work on securing the compensation you need.
The Hidden Dangers
Just about any job you work at has some kind of chemical or hazardous toxin present that can cause harm to workers. Sometimes it is cleaning supplies. Other times, entire industries are built around using chemicals to make their products. Whatever industry you work in, these materials can cause major harm. As OSHA points out, chemicals and toxic substances in the workplace pose both internal and external health hazards:
- Health hazards include irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity
- Physical hazards include flammability, corrosion, and explosion risks
Did you know that OSHA has a list of work workers’ rights on their website? Briefly, they say that workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose them a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information about all hazardous materials they will be working with, as well as methods to prevent exposure.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File complaints with OSHA when they believe they are at risk.
- Exercise their rights under the law without fear of retaliation from their employer.
Preventing These Dangers
OSHA and state regulators have tight standards when it comes to chemical safety in the workplace. Information about the identity and hazards of each chemical must be available to all workers.
There are typically limits to how much exposure a worker can have to each airborne chemical. If this exposure is expected to be reached and surpassed, proper respiratory protection must be adhered to.
Injuries from exposure to chemicals and toxic material can cause workers to sustain serious medical expenses, especially if long-term care is needed. While workers compensation insurance should cover any injury or illness, there are times when claims are denied.
Moving Forward From Here
If you or someone you love has been injured in a workplace accident involving chemicals or hazardous materials, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Most of these incidents could have been prevented if the employer followed protocol.
We know that you need compensation for the medical bills that are coming in as well as the hidden costs associated with the incident. If you need a San Diego work injury attorney, Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP is ready to help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling our office.