If you work in an environment with chemical hazards, it is likely that you will have specialized training and equipment to help protect you from any hazardous effects. Toxic substances can be present in many different types of workplaces, from construction sites and mines to mechanics’ garages and landfills.
If you have inhaled toxic fumes at work or if you are suffering from ill health that you believe may have been caused by toxic fume inhalation, it is important to understand the effects of toxic fumes. You should also make sure that you understand your rights to gain workers’ compensation after any type of work injury.
What counts as a toxic substance?
Many things that we come into contact with every day can be classed as toxic. This includes gasoline, bleach and alcohol. These chemicals can become extremely dangerous when used in high quantities.
What are the effects of inhaling toxic substances?
The inhalation of some toxic substances could cause immediate effects such as drowsiness, vomiting or diarrhea. However, inhaling a substance such as asbestos may have no noticeable immediate effect, but it could cause types of cancer that develop years after the initial exposure.
How can I gain workers’ compensation after inhaling toxic substances?
If you have experienced an illness that you believe was due to inhaling toxic fumes at work, you will need to prove the link between the illness and your work environment. If you can successfully do this, you should be able to claim workers’ compensation.