Toxic exposure affects thousands of workers each year in the United States. Employees who work in factories, manufacturing plants, chemical processing plants, automotive shops, and construction sites are at the greatest risk of suffering toxic exposure. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has set forth guidelines for handling and storing toxic substances. Under these standards, employers must provide safety data sheets and labels for all hazardous materials, as well as training and safety equipment to workers.
Toxic Exposure Defined
Toxic exposure occurs from contact with hazardous substances. For example, a worker who handles a harsh cleaning chemical without gloves, or a worker who breathes in dust containing asbestos fibers, may suffer toxic exposure. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, coughing, dizziness, back pain, anemia, rashes, infertility, and seizures.
Toxic exposure may result from contact with a variety of substances, such as:
- Ammonium nitrate
- Ultraviolet light
- Carbon monoxide
- Sulfuric acid
Tips for Avoiding Toxic Exposure at Work
If you work in an environment that has toxic substances or fumes, it is important to wear protective clothing and to use safety gear, like breathing masks. By law, your employer is responsible to provide labels and safety data sheets for toxic materials, as well as necessary training and equipment to increase your safety. It is important to exercise caution and to use the proper techniques for handling toxic substances at work. This can help you stay safe and avoid toxic exposure from hazardous materials.
If You Have Suffered Toxic Exposure, Call The Morgan Law Group Today at (844) 818-0774
At The Morgan Law Group, we represent clients who have suffered on-the-job injuries. If your employer failed to provide necessary training, safety data sheets, and equipment, or otherwise failed to comply with federal regulations, our Miami personal injury attorneys will help you file a third-party liability claim to seek justice. We also have the experience to guide you through the Florida workers’ compensation process.