Thousands of hard working individuals are intentionally exposed to toxicants in the workplace, without their knowledge or consent. Most toxicants, like chemical toxicants can cause a series of health problems, from upper respiratory disease to skin cancer. Employers who knowingly expose their employees to potentially hazardous toxicants are in violation of the law, and they should be held accountable.
As an employee, you have the right to know if dangerous chemicals are in the workplace, and how they will affect your health. Your employer should have an information sheet called a "Material Safety Data Sheet" located in a visible area. This data sheet contains:
- Valuable information about the type of chemicals in the workplace
- Any physical concerns you should watch out for
- How to protect yourself in the event of spills or leaks
- How to store such chemicals
- How to dispose of chemicals
- Which protective equipment works best
- How to administer first aid in the event of an exposure
If you have been exposed to chemicals without your knowledge, you can seek legal advice from a qualified attorney. Depending on the length of exposure, and the toxicity of the chemical, you might need to undergo a medical evaluation or take time off from work, if the chemicals have caused you to become ill. Millions of workers have been exposed to chemicals for a long time, and they are unaware of the long- term effect these chemicals have on their heart, lungs and other organs.
What Happens After Exposure?
Long- term illnesses prevent workers from earning a decent wage, and providing financial support for their families. Toxins such as:
These chemicals are known to cause death or serious injury, and one or more of these chemicals contains cancer causing agents, which requires you to go through intensive radiation, surgery and other medical procedures.
If you need help with your workers compensation claim in the Reading, PA / Berks County area, you can contact our local workers compensation lawyers at our Reading, PA office:The Bulldog Lawyers
213 N 5th St #1040a
Reading, PA 19601
If you were injured on the job and are seeking workers comp benefits in the Philadelphia area, you can contact a workers compensation attorney at one of our local Philadelphia offices below:
The Bulldog Lawyers
2981 Grant Ave #1a
Philadelphia, PA 19114
100 S Broad St #1800b
Philadelphia, PA 19110