Toxic Substances: Benzene
In previous blog posts, we have discussed the hazards of working with toxic chemicals such as asbestos and the medical conditions associated with it. Many workers are routinely exposed to toxic substances, and if you are concerned that you may have been exposed, you may be entitled to New Jersey workers’ compensation. An experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you determine if you have experienced unsafe working conditions and have been exposed to toxic chemicals.
Another chemical often found in factories that is known to be hazardous to humans is benzene. Benzene is a chemical widely used in the manufacture of materials such as plastics, synthetic fibers, lubricants, pesticides, and detergents. It is colorless and has a sweet odor, and is estimated to be exposed to 300,000 people every year. Inhaling high levels of benzene is extremely dangerous and cause rapid heart rate, headaches, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death. Ingesting it can cause vomiting, convulsions, and rapid heart rate, and long-term exposure can result in anemia and cancer.
There are many more substances and fumes that can constitute workplace hazards. Unfortunately, for many of them, symptoms will not manifest until many years down the road as a result of repeated and prolonged exposure. However, other chemicals cause immediate reactions such as allergic reactions or severe burns. Symptoms of exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals range from nausea and dizziness to cancer and blindness. If you are concerned you have been exposed to toxic chemicals, contact New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo.