Chemical Exposure at Work? How to Protect Yourself

In Other Injuries, Uncategorized, Work Related Injury by Tramontozzi Law

Chemical exposure: regardless of where you work, or what field of work it is, coming into contact with high levels of chemical is not uncommon. When you work with chemicals, you can suffer serious illness or injury.
It’s important to understand the possible health risks to protect your rights.

Health issues that are results of working with high levels of chemical:

  • Skin rashes
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Nosebleeds
  • Shortness of breath
  • Eye and skin burns
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Asthma
  • Sore throat
  • Dizziness
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employer training to employees. Employers must train about chemicals at work, especially if working with them is a common occurrence.

Required training includes:

  • How to use chemicals
  • Proper storage of chemicals
  • Know how to use hazard information and material safety data sheets
  • How to dilute cleaning chemicals when required
  • Understand the hazards of chemicals before using them
  • Know the steps to take when a chemical spill occurs
  • Know how to use protective clothing such as gloves, masks, goggles and full bodysuits
Employees must wear protective equipment should they wish to continue working with chemicals. The employer provides the equipment. Employees must wash their hands before touching their eyes or mouth. This is especially important when going to take a break for lunch or to smoke.
Does your job involve recurring work with chemicals? If so, illness caused by chemical exposure can become burdensome to deal with, both physically and emotionally.
Tramontozzi Law Offices can help answer all your questions and support you in your case. Be sure to learn more about work-related injury services here

Call 781-665-0099 today for a free initial consultation.
Be sure to also check out our other blog post on determining if your injury is work related here.