An overview of toxic exposure on the job

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2018 | Firm News |

Going to work each day might be dangerous depending on the job you have. Police officers, firefighters, construction , mariners and miners all have inherently dangerous jobs. Anyone who works in a lab with chemicals is also in a dangerous profession. Let’s take a look at toxic exposure on the job in Wisconsin so you know what to expect and how to handle it.

It is your right to know what chemicals are present in your place of employment, even if you don’t physically handle chemicals in a lab. You can still ask what chemicals are used at the office, where they are stored and how they are cleaned up after if there is a spill. All of this information should help you avoid toxic exposure or know what to do should one occur.

You should also know all the different types of warning signs used for various chemicals. When you learn these signs, you will be able to recognize them as you walk throughout the office, warehouse, garage or other part of the complex.

Every employee has the ability to prevent toxic exposure themselves. This can be done using various methods. Those methods include isolation, substitution, ventilation, wearing personal protective equipment and using administrative control over the chemicals and the situation.

Being exposed to chemicals at work can injure or sicken you almost instantly. That’s why it’s best to know the safety policies in place on how to handle such an exposure. You want to contain the exposure as much as possible so as to not suffer serious burns or injuries.