Sep 15, 2021

What Is Toxic Exposure at Work?

When you go to work every day, you expect that you will be in an environment that is free of hazards that can have a negative impact on your health and safety. However, employees in the U.S. and around the world are exposed to toxins at work every day. Startlingly, a 2018 report from the United Nations (UN) revealed that a worker dies from toxic exposure in their workplace around the world every 30 seconds.

Common Types of Toxic Exposure and Their Effects

While every occupation has its risks, certain ones are more at risk than others of having workers exposed to toxins. These include workers in construction, the oil industry, manufacturing, waste disposal, and custodial work. Some of the most common types of chemicals that these workers and others may be exposed to include:

  • Aluminum
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Petroleum
  • Pesticides
  • Silica
  • Acids

Any of these chemicals can cause serious bodily harm to workers. While some of these toxins may result in immediate injuries, such as chemical burns, others can take a toll over time and lead to life-altering medical complications, including throat and lung injuries. More severe complications from toxic exposure can even include neurological injuries.

How Toxins Are Found at Work and What to Do

There are a few ways that chemicals can enter a worker’s body: inhalation, skin contact, ingestion, or injection. Regardless of the way it enters one’s body, it can cause harm and workers should know what to do if they have been exposed to toxins at work. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Report the potential exposure to your supervisor immediately.
  • Explain why you believe you were exposed to toxins.
  • Gather the names of anyone who could back up your claims regarding toxic exposure.
  • Get medical treatment and a proper diagnosis from a doctor.
  • Consult with a workers’ compensation attorney immediately.

Your Rights After Being Exposed to Toxins at Work

Sustaining harm due to toxic exposure to chemicals at work can be traumatizing. At Hansford McDaniel – Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, we want you to know that you have legal rights to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are ever in this situation. Our team will stand in your corner as your legal advocates during this time and work hard to help you obtain maximum benefits.

Don’t wait to get started—time is of the essence for workers’ compensation claims involving toxic exposure. Contact our team at 770-922-3660 to speak with our Atlanta team today.