People in New Jersey who are exposed to toxins at work may be at risk for injury and illness. Your employer should try to avoid using toxic materials whenever possible, especially when the risk far outweighs the benefit. However, there are some work situations where the use of toxic materials is unavoidable.
Working safely around toxic materials
There are several ways that employers can limit the harm caused by toxic substances in the workplace. One safety precaution that can be used is isolation. Whenever possible, a toxic substance should be kept in a controlled environment that is physically distanced from workers.
When people must work closely with toxic materials, they should be given personal protective equipment. PPE like gloves, goggles and protective clothing can serve as barriers between the body and a hazardous substance.
Another way to protect workers from toxic materials is to properly ventilate the work area where a toxic material is located. Some toxic airborne substances can be made less harmful when they are combined with clean, flowing air.
Look for warnings and data sheets
If you are not sure whether your workplace contains toxic materials, look for signage in your work area. Hazardous chemicals should be labeled with facts about their toxicity. Your employer is also legally obligated to provide Material Safety Data Sheets if you are required to work with or around toxic materials.
Get medical help if you were exposed to toxins
Exposure to toxins can cause both short- and long-term medical problems. If you were exposed to toxins in the workplace, your employer’s workers’ comp insurance may cover your medical expenses. A lawyer may also help you pursue more compensation if there were negligent third parties involved in your accident.