Some workplaces are more hazardous than others, but there are risks present in nearly every kind work environment. One hazard that often goes overlooked is the risk from chemicals that may be present. These harmful substances can seriously hurt workers through inhalation, direct contact or environmental exposure.
The following are three of the most prevalent chemicals in the workplace that may cause injury to workers who come into contact with them. If you suspect that one of these or any other chemical in your workplace has negatively affected your health, you should research legal representation and seek medical help as soon as possible.
Cleaning products are some of the most common yet most hazardous materials found across workplaces. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these are especially dangerous if they are in unlabeled containers. Cleaning products often contain toxins that are poisonous and even potentially fatal if they are ingested. Any solution that contains bleach or ammonia requires handling with particular care.
Pesticides have the potential to be even more dangerous than cleaning products. Because they are meant to be toxic, they demand handling with caution and using protective equipment when necessary. If you are using pesticides, it is important to do so in an area that has adequate ventilation and to avoid inhaling the fumes while you are working.
Vapors and fumes
In addition to cleaning products and pesticides, there are many other items and processes that can release harmful fumes and vapors into the workplace. Welding, for example, often generates carcinogens that can infect the body and cause injuries ranging from stomach ulcers to different types of cancers. Anybody working in a profession that comes with exposure to fumes such as these should be proactive about protecting their health and their legal rights.