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Injuries in Toxic Workplaces

There are a wide range of US businesses and factories which use substances and chemicals on a daily basis that are hazardous to human beings without the proper precautions. Although at one time certain chemicals were thought to be harmless and were used without special care, in recent years many of these have been found to be toxic to health and to the environment. Sometimes, these hazardous chemicals cause immediate effects, and other times victims are unaware of the damage caused until years later, and on occasion decades pass before seeing the effects of exposure, such as in the case of asbestos.

These toxic substances can be found both at home and in the workplace, without your being aware of them.

The US Ministry of Labor and Social Security establishes a series of criteria for classifying the variety of occupations according to how toxic, hazardous, or strenuous they are. Within the classification of toxic places to work, chemical pollutants and skin irritants can be counted as factors.

In the case of poisoning in the workplace, it is important for you to know that your employer, by law, must have a list of hazardous chemical substances used day by day, which must be provided to employees as requested. This sheet, known as the Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), explains all toxic chemical products contained in the materials delivered to a company.

If there are toxic chemical products, the Health and Safety Administration regulates how they must be handled and what amount is permitted. These are some examples of toxic hazards:

  • Asbestos
  • Toxic mold
  • Lead-based paint
  • Mercury poisoning
  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

There are also infinite consequences derived from products or chemicals used in the workplace with toxic risks such as: reproductive health problems, cancer, respiratory problems, skin problems or wounds, poisoning, radiation, asthma, bronchitis, nervous system problems, and others.

Some measures the company should take for the reduction and control of exposure to toxic substances in the workplace:

Substitution process: Replace an existing process, substance, or equipment for a less hazardous one.

Isolation process: Place a barrier between hazards and people.

Ventilation process: Dilute the concentration of a volatile substance that is considered hazardous by means of ventilation.

Administrative control: Operative practices can be modified to reduce people’s exposure to chemical hazards.

Likewise, the use of personal protection equipment such as masks, protective clothing, and respirators is mandatory. Workers must be aware of what their job entails, which is why they should learn the procedures and rules for handling these substances. Always look for warning labels and report accidents that occur involving a chemical.

If you or someone you love has been hurt or has even lost their life due to exposure to chemicals or some other substance, whether it be in the home or workplace, call Grupo MedLegal right away. You will find immediate assistance. We will help you receive all the compensation benefits you are entitled to by law. We have a large team of expert lawyers and medical staff to treat your injuries.

This Blog is made available by Grupo MedLegal for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or medical advice. The information provided on the Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal or medical advice from a licensed professional.

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