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  • Writer's pictureJohn Larrimer

Did Chemical Exposure Cause My Work Injury?

Workplace accidents do not always have immediate consequences, such as exposure to harmful substances or chemicals that can put workers at risk for long-term health problems and occupational diseases.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Columbus chemical company $60,500 after an investigation uncovered evidence that workers were not safeguarded against exposure to the dangerous substance formaldehyde. According to OSHA, the company was cited for 11 violations, one of which included a failure to specify safe operating procedures for handling dangerous chemicals.

An OSHA area director for Columbus reminded the company that exposure to formaldehyde can have “serious health consequences”. Last October, OSHA launched a national campaign to find new ways to limit worker exposure to dangerous chemicals, including strategies for updating permissible exposure limits.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, but it can also worsen the symptoms of existing health problems, such as bronchitis or asthma. Immediate exposure can cause health problems such as sore throat, itching and burning sensations in the eyes and nose. Studies have shown that long-term exposure can increase the risk for nasal cancer. The chemical is used in nail polish remover, fumigants and wood preservation.

Are Workers with Occupational Diseases Eligible for Workers’ Comp?

Workers who develop occupational diseases due to chemical exposure might be eligible for workers’ compensation and disability. Our Columbus workers’ comp attorneys have represented workers in cases where they have developed chronic illnesses that result from their occupation, and we encourage our readers to reach out to us with any questions regarding their case.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC – Columbus Workers’ Comp Attorneys

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