Statistically, everyone probably comes into contact with chemicals on a daily basis. There are chemicals in household cleaning products, car exhaust, paints, gasoline and many other items. In most cases, the exposure is minimal and likely will not harm the human body. However, many industrial workers face prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals every day. Too much exposure can lead to illness, which is a big risk for employees who have suffered an industrial worker accident involving a chemical spill.
To help you become informed about the health consequences of chemical exposure, this post will discuss how certain chemicals found in an industrial setting can affect the human body.
Carbon disulfide: Present in many types of industrial production, this chemical can have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Unsafe levels of exposure could lead to heart failure or oxygen deprivation.
Polychlorinated biphenyls: Often, waste from industrial job settings will contain this substance, which can be harmful to the skin. Possible health effects include simple dermatitis, but if the contaminate penetrates the skin enough to reach the body’s organs, more serious health problems could occur.
Chlorides (carbon tetrachloride, methylene chloride, etc.): Present in many industries from auto repair to chemical manufacturing, chlorides can have an adverse effect on the hepatic system. Examples of possible health problems exposure can cause include liver damage, tumors and liver cell death.
Lead: You probably already know that lead is dangerous and can impact the reproductive system. It can cause infertility and the inability to produce hormones in males and females. Exposure can also lead to birth defects and infant death.
Unfortunately, industrial workers’ accidents in the Philadelphia area do sometimes involve toxic chemical exposure. If you believe exposure to dangerous substances is making you ill, you will benefit from discussing your case with a lawyer who has workers’ compensation experience.
Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “Health Effects of Chemical Exposure,” accessed Nov. 10, 2016