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OSHA Says Workers Are Being Exposed to Legal but Unsafe Chemical Levels

ChemicalWorking to support your family should not have to result in death or illness from chemical exposure – especially with all the knowledge and technology that we have today. Unfortunately, statistics show that this is exactly what happens to thousands of workers each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), who is responsible for setting legal limits for chemical exposure, has recently acknowledged their part. Now they are asking employers to take proactive measures to reduce the rate of deaths and illnesses from chemical exposure in the workplace. Learn more, including how an experienced work injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for your losses.

OSHA on Legal Limits and Workplace Safety

Permissible exposure limits, or PELs, were first established by OSHA back in 1971. Currently, there are only 500 different chemicals listed in the PELs, which is a far cry from the thousands of chemicals that can be found in today’s workplace. Worse yet, the data on PELs is outdated; OSHA says that the limits may be legal, but they are not necessarily safe. Instead, constant and repeated exposure may still result in serious illness or injury to workers.

Employer Initiative May Fall Short

While some employers may take steps to provide better protection to their workers, the overall labor market is likely to fall short in their efforts. Much of this can be traced back to the lack of concern that some employers have for their workers; such companies may provide minimal protections (if any) and are constantly at risk for violations from OSHA. However, the risk to the company is not the concern here; instead, it is the risk to employees.

When Workers Suffer Injuries on the Job

Workers who have suffered an injury, illness, or fatality on the job may be entitled to compensation for their losses through the workers’ compensation system. Some may also be eligible for compensation from a liable third-party (such as a chemical manufacturer who failed to properly label their product). In either case, an experienced attorney can help protect the rights of victims and their families, including their right to pursue a full and fair settlement.

At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we understand just how massive the impact of a work injury can be. Our San Jose work injury lawyers can handle all the legal details of your case to give you and your loved ones the time you need to heal and grieve. Regardless of your situation, our seasoned lawyers will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Get started by scheduling a free and personalized consultation. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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