In an environmentally-conscious age, effective ways to reuse materials and preserve resources are encouraged and embraced by lawmakers, industries and citizens. However, some recycling and preservation methods may reduce waste and protect some elements of the environment, only to create or contribute to other problems. In some instances, the health and safety of Iowa employees and residents could be compromised.
As an employer in Iowa, you expect that your environment is not going to cause you harm. However, asbestos is a continued potential threat in the workplace. What should you know about asbestos? How could potential asbestos exposure affect you?
Iowa residents may easily come into contact with toxic substances while they perform their jobs. One hazard people may encounter on the job is lead.
Sometimes dangers in your home lurk in places where you may not see them. One such danger is black mold, which can grow in any home in Iowa. According to Healthline, black mold produces mycotoxins, which release into the air as spores. These toxins may cause mycotoxicosis or mold poisoning. There are many symptoms that may result from exposure to black mold. Typically, those who have allergies or asthma respond most severely to exposure.
Fuel is burned in nearly any situation in which we use fire or natural gas power, from running our vehicles to heating our homes and workplaces. When an area isn’t properly ventilated where fuel is burning, you and other Iowa residents may be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
When you go to work in Iowa, your workplace may expose you to toxic chemicals. If so, you face a high risk of taking these toxins home with you on your skin, hair, clothing and shoes. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, when these toxins invade your home and build up on your floors, furniture and in the air you and your family breathes, they can harm your family members, particularly your children.
You usually do not expect to encounter arsenic while performing your job in Iowa. Sometimes, though, you may be exposed to this toxin at work. It is important to recognize the signs of arsenic poisoning so you can seek treatment.
Firefighters risk their lives to protect others from structural fires and wildfires. As you might expect, they can be killed fighting fires if they inhale smoke, are burned or are crushed by objects. However, you and other Iowa residents may not anticipate the long-term risks that these courageous men and women also face from exposure to toxins – not just smoke – that are released by fires.
At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann PC in Iowa, we know how hard you work as a construction worker. We also know that there is a strong likelihood that, unbeknownst to you, you breathe in microscopic asbestos fibers every day at your worksite.
Whether you work in an office or a factory, chances are likely that your place of employment has an MSDS. Officially known as the Material Safety Data Sheet, this document provides vital information on the different types of hazardous chemicals that are used in Iowa workplaces.