Certain jobs can pose more safety hazards than others. This includes jobs where workers are subjected to chemicals and other toxic substances. Strict regulations are in place to help protect workers in these environments. Here we have compiled some general information about how chemicals and toxins are safely handled in order to prevent workplace injuries.

Chemicals can pose two different, sometimes simultaneous, risks. The first risk is a risk of irritation and exposure to carcinogens. Another is that the chemical itself is flammable or could cause an immediate physical accident. It is crucial that workers are given access to the possible risks or accidents possible when in contact with certain chemicals.

This is the first step in preventing long term injuries or accidents from occurring. In some situations, respirators are a great tool to use in preventing workplace injuries. The workplace should supply these to workers when appropriate. The workplace is also responsible for identifying each and every possible contaminant.

While it is necessary for people to oversee certain hazardous jobs, these workers should be protected accordingly. This will prevent workplace hazards and accidents from affecting the home life and health of the worker. Some responsibility does fall on the shoulders of the worker, in that the worker should follow appropriate protocol and safety guidelines. However, accidents do occur even when an employee has taken all the necessary precautions.

Medical bills and other costs associated with serious injuries can add up quickly. For those who have been injured in a workplace accident, there are options available to potentially obtain compensation.

Source: osha.gov, “Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances,” accessed on Jan. 12, 2015