Every day, millions of men and women leave their home only to be greeted at work by poisons, contaminants, chemicals, etc. These silent killers practice no respect-of-profession. They are found in factories, in labs, in salons, and even outside.
America’s Workforce: A Silent Killer and the Employee Rights Involved
The workplace killer: Toxic chemicals.
- Women working in beauty salons and highly toxic factories report greater percentage of miscarriages or birth defects.
- Individuals in lawn care industry document an increased risk of cancer.
- Employees exposed to chemicals have more brain disorders such as depression and anxiety.
The list could go on and on. Chemicals has been linked to a slew of chronic and acute diseases, mental diseases, allergies and in some cases death.
So do you have any employee rights regarding these unseen poisons? Or do you simply have to return to work day after day, silently managing (and personally financing) the pain that has developed as a result of continual exposure to toxic chemicals?
If you suspect toxic chemicals at work what are your employee rights?
- You have a right to know what chemicals are present in your workplace.
Ask your employer to provide you with a “Material Safety Data Sheet” (MSDS). An MSDS provides information concerning the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance. Information such as physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill and leak procedures can all be found in a substance’s MSDS.
- You have a right to a safer environment
If you identify the presence of toxic chemicals in your workplace, you are able to request that your employer decrease workplace exposure. This is one of your basic employee rights. “The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970” was passed for the purpose of a safer work environment. The USDL states that “the law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers.”
Ideas for increasing safety could include pursuing alternative equipment, machines, materials, or processes. Changes could also come through greater controlled environments, better ventilation, and proper protective gear supplied for your use.
- You have a right to medical treatment
If you have identified toxic chemicals and begun experiencing health problems that you believe may be associated with your job, you have the right to receive medical attention and care. Bring the name and information of the known chemicals with you to your medical provider in order to equip him/her with all the information needed.
Whether you need extensive medical care or simply the maintenance of prescription medicine, you have a right to receive the care you need and be compensated through your employer’s workmens compensation insurance.
- You have a right to a lawyer
Worker’s Compensation issues can be a world of frustration for those that are not well acquainted with a list of employee rights. Your employer is armed with expert lawyers designed to decrease the amount of insurance paid out as much as possible. These lawyers are well accustomed to exploiting loopholes for companies involved.
That is why you need an expert on your side. At TMH Law, we specialize in worker’s compensation cases. We know the challenges you will face and we are trained to manage them for a fair and prosperous outcome for you.
Your employee rights are often overlooked by your employer for the sake of profit. You need an expert on your side who is willing to fight for your rights and get you the money you deserve.
Call the experts at TMH Law to see what we can do for you. 1-215-642-8141
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