Toxins in the Office
The average American works at least 40 hours a week, often more. That is a lot of time to spend around toxic chemicals, especially if there is any risk of inhaling or ingesting them. Contrary to a popular misconception, people who work in construction or agriculture are not the only ones at risk for conditions caused by toxic chemical exposure. This can be a risk almost anywhere, even in the office.
If you have been injured by exposure to hazardous chemicals at work, workers’ compensation can help you cover your medical expenses. To learn more about your rights as an injured worker, call the Des Moines workers’ comp attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Common Workplace Hazards
Office work is generally viewed as a highly safe job, and statistically it is less risky than some other kinds of employment. However, that does not mean it is completely free from danger. There are a variety of dangerous chemicals in the average office building – and because office workers perform their jobs indoors, they can easily become ill from exposure to these toxins.
Some common substances that may cause injuries to office workers include:
- Industrial cleaning materials
- Photocopier turner
- Paint and paint thinner
- Perfumes and colognes (some people are allergic to their ingredients)
- Chemicals used for pest control
You may want to investigate the use of these chemicals in your own workplace. Many health researchers recommend that employers use natural and non-toxic cleaners and solvents when possible.
Reactions to Toxins
Reactions to workplace toxins can be acute or cumulative. Depending on the chemical and person involved, an acute reaction can include eye irritation, a rash, or even respiratory distress. Long-term exposure to toxins may gradually lead to lung disease, nerve damage, or even certain kinds of cancer.
If you are working in an unsafe environment, you need to stand up for your legal rights. Our experienced Des Moines workplace toxin exposure lawyers can help you in your fight.
The Des Moines workplace accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are committed to helping injured workers receive fair compensation. Contact our offices at 877-327-2600.