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Protection against chemical exposure is a must

Being employed in an industrial workplace can entail exposure to a number of hazardous conditions. Workers in Pennsylvania may even come into contact with dangerous chemicals, which can result in significant injury and illness. Being aware of the proper procedures as well as possible risks can reduce a worker’s chance of suffering a serious illness while completing tasks within an industrial environment.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to hazardous substances is a common occurrence in many different workplaces. While employers must take proper steps to limit the extent of dangerous exposure that can occur, workers can also take certain precautions. It’s possible to carry substances to your home via the clothing you wear at work. Accordingly, it’s recommended that workers shower before arriving at home and all potentially contaminated clothing be left behind.

Employers must supply protective equipment suited to the specific type of hazardous substances present in a workplace. This can include respirators, eyewear, full-body hazard suits and gloves. Additionally, instructional materials should be provided, and all workers tasked with handling dangerous substances should be well-acquainted with the proper procedure.  

Identifying the signs of exposure is also important so that workers can get the medical attention they need in a timely manner. The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations lists some of the possible symptoms of chemical exposure, which can vary depending on the type of substance in question. Inhaling a chemical often results in throat soreness, as well as coughing or sneezing. Accidentally ingesting a substance will cause serious gastrointestinal issues, while exposure to the skin can lead to rashes or dry, flaking skin. Workers should also be wary of extended exposure to dangerous chemicals, which can lead to the development of certain types of cancer and other maladies.

If you’ve been injured during the course of work, speaking to an attorney is recommended. Individual circumstances can differ greatly, and a workers’ compensation attorney will provide options related to your specific needs. 

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