As a worker who may have been exposed to dangerous fumes or chemicals while on the job, you may be wondering what sort of materials are cause for alarm, or if your work space is a health hazard. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we wish to give you information that you can use to keep yourself protected while on the job and to take care of yourself if you end up with a job-related injury.
The first thing that you should look into is whether or not your job has a high rate of risk for its employees. There are some industries that have higher airborne health risks than others, which can include refineries, meatpacking, railroads, chemical plants, factories, agricultural fields, trucking or remodeling. If your job falls into these categories, it is possible that you are at risk for health related issues due to bad air. However, even if you work an office job, it is possible for diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to occur if the air quality is poor.
You should also learn what substances are harmful to your health and whether or not you work with any of them. Things like solvents, burning plastics, asbestiform fibers, fumes and exhaust, insecticides, lead dust and any type of smoke are enough to cause lung damage. It is even possible for these particles to cause damage to the blood stream or brain, if the exposure lasts long enough. Additionally, some of these substances are carcinogens, increasing your risk of cancer.
These are just a few of the dangers that you should be looking out for on your job. If you would like further information on worker injuries and what potential hazards to keep an eye out for, please follow the link to our web page.