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Chemical Exposure in the Workplace

  • By: Robert Huber
  • Published: October 19, 2016
Chemical Exposure in the Workplace
Have you been exposed to chemicals at work & suffered a resulting injury?

While certain work environments are most often the sites of toxic chemical exposure, it can take place in almost any workspace.  As always, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe work environment for employees.  If toxic chemicals are present, the employer must provide protective gear or safety equipment to prevent exposure & injury.

If you have suffered an injury due to chemical exposure at your Pennsylvania workplace, you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim.

At Huber & Palsir LLC in Philadelphia, we can help you through that process.

WHO IS AT RISK?

Most cases of injury due to chemical exposure occur in factories or locations where chemicals are used, manufactured or mined. However, the only thing necessary for chemical exposure is the presence of toxic chemicals.

Therefore, injury due to chemical exposure can take place in virtually any workspace. If substances such as cleaning chemicals or paint are used without proper ventilation, employees may be put at risk of dangerous exposure. 

INJURIES DUE TO CHEMICAL EXPOSURE

The most common injuries resulting from chemical exposure are burns, rashes, throat injuries, and lung injuries.  However, serious nerve and neurological injuries can also occur.

Common toxic chemicals and injury-causing substances include asbestos, lead, benzene, pesticides, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, silica, paint, solvents, and acids.

Chemical exposure can occur via inhalation, skin contact or swallowing. If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals, make sure to seek professional medical help as necessary.

PREVENTION

If toxic chemicals are present in your workplace, your employer is obligated to provide you with protection against dangerous exposure.

This protection can take the form of protective gear or safety equipment, including goggles, helmet, full body suit, exhaust fans, and other tools to provide proper ventilation.

Adequate protective gear and/or safety equipment must be provided to all employees in order to prevent exposure & injury in the workplace.  If you were exposed to chemicals due to your employer’s failure to provide adequate protection, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to address your injury.

RESOURCES FOR AFFECTED WORKERS

If you have been affected by an injury due to chemical exposure in the workplace, there are resources at your disposal, such as workers’ compensation.  We at Huber & Palsir LLC are here to help you utilize those resources.

In the case that you have suffered an injury due to chemical exposure, we can help you determine the best course of action.

If you work in Pennsylvania and have been impacted by a chemical exposure-related injury while on the job, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Robert Huber

About the Author Robert A. Huber, Esquire has been in practice assisting injury and
accident victims for over 17 years, founding Huber & Palsir, LLC
in June of 2007. Read More

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