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What can I do if there are toxic chemicals at my worksite?

Dangerous chemicals at a worksite can be hazardous to the health and welfare of the workers who must do their jobs in the chemicals' presence. In New York and throughout the rest of the country workers have rights when it comes to dealing with and avoiding chemicals that may do them harm. This post will briefly discuss a worker's options for working with toxic chemicals, but it does not provide legal advice or guidance on the topic.

Any time that toxic chemicals are at a worksite an employer must make their workers aware of them. This includes giving workers information about the chemicals and can include providing workers with Material Safety Data Sheets. They may also use warning signs and chemical labels to provide information to their workers about the hazards present at their work locations.

If a worker is asked to do their job with or in the presence of toxic chemicals there steps they may take to avoid exposure and possible illness or injury. They may seek guidance on whether safer alternatives may be used in place of the toxic materials. If safe options are not available, workers can make sure that they have the right safety equipment and training to handle those chemicals.

When accidents with toxic chemicals occur at work sites workers can pay a heavy price for the potential negligence of their employers. No worker should have to cope with the costs of a toxic chemical exposure on their own and some may have options for seeking compensation for their losses. Attorneys who handle toxic exposure cases can help those who have questions about their options for seeking damages in the wake of a damaging and dangerous exposure.

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