On-the-job exposure to harmful chemicals is a serious problem that’s
happening in workplaces throughout the U.S. So, how can you protect yourself
from the potentially life-threatening effects of toxic exposure at work?
Do your homework. By law, you are entitled to work in an environment that
is both safe and healthy. If toxic or otherwise hazardous chemicals are
present, your employer is legally obligated to inform you.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are the most common way to present this
type of information, as they provide a comprehensive overview of the harmful
substances in your workplace. In addition, they list information pertaining
to the toxicity levels of any substances you may be exposed to, the health
effects caused by said chemicals, as well as storage, first aid, and disposal
procedures for handling the substances.
OSHA Regulations & Protections
The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was created to ensure that
information about toxic / chemical substances in the workplace gets adequately
presented to workers. Protective measures workers can take against toxic
chemicals are also presented in the HCS. According to OSHA standards:
- Manufacturers of toxic chemicals must evaluate the potential hazards of
- Manufacturers / importers must prepare labels and safety sheets with hazardous
- Employers must make these labels and safety data sheets available and easily
accessible to employees
- Employers must train employees how to properly handle hazardous chemicals
- Employers must inform employees of protective measures against harmful
What You Can Do If You Were Exposed
If you were exposed to dangerous chemicals and your employer did not take
the appropriate steps to inform you of the potential for exposure, contact
a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. You have rights
that entitle you to seek legal recourse for the harm done to you.
At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, our
Glendale workers’ compensation lawyers represent employees who’ve been wrongfully injured or made ill through
no fault of their own. We are ready to do the same for you. Backed by
more than 100 years of combined experience and multiple professional awards
and recognitions, we are
the firm to trust with your toxic exposure case.
Contact us today for a consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.