Common Chemical Hazards in the Workplace
Not all chemicals are inherently dangerous, particularly when they are handled in a safe and thoughtful manner. However, if a chemical poses a clear physical or health hazard to human beings, OSHA requires that businesses post appropriate warning labels and provide their employees with the right equipment to protect themselves from harm.
Toxic chemicals can occur in solid, liquid, or gas form, and it may not always be readily apparent that you’ve suffered from chemical exposure at first. Workers in certain industrial and manufacturing fields face higher risks of toxic exposure than others, especially oil and gas workers, construction site workers, and miners – but chemical exposure can happen in any occupation.
Here are a few of the most common toxins encountered in the workplace:
- Carbon monoxide
- Benzene gas
- Fiberglass fibers
- Hydrogen sulfide
- Welding fumes
- Silica dust
Types of Chemical Exposure Injuries
Depending on when and how you became exposed to a toxic chemical, your injuries may vary. One of the most common chemical exposure injuries is absorption through the skin, which affects up to 13 million U.S. workers in fields like health care, food service, painting, construction, and mechanics. In other cases, you may sustain chemical burns in a plant explosion. No matter what exposure injuries you’ve suffered on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for your losses even if your employer was not at fault.
Chemical exposure in the workplace can result in any of the following:
- Vision impairment and/or blindness
- Chemical burns
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Explosion injuries
- Respiratory diseases
- Fire and smoke-related injuries
How Can I Pursue a Chemical Exposure Claim?
Has your life been permanently altered because of a chemical exposure injury? As seasoned personal injury attorneys with years of experience litigating complex workplace accidents, our Houston lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm can help you explore all the legal options for your claim.
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