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.
One or more workers in an Iowa factory begin to complain of dizziness, abdominal pain and difficulty breathing. The onset seems sudden and unexplainable. A supervisor starts to wonder whether the virus his kids had last week has come to his workplace. He sends the workers to the on-call nurse's office just before noticing a faint hint of chemicals in the air.
If you work in an Iowa environment that exposes you to radiation or certain types of chemicals, dusts or industrial processes, you may have valid concerns about whether your job places you at risk for work-related cancer. Science and many studies suggest a clear link between workplace factors such as these and several different forms of cancer, and while many companies have adopted safety measures and precautions over time to alleviate risks, some remain, and others are likely not yet identified.
There are a number of ways Iowa workers can be exposed to toxic gases. One common location is within a confined space. According to OSHA, confined spaces in worksites can include places like solos, manholes, ducts, tunnels, pits, tanks, pipelines, among others. Any of these locations can be subject to atmospheric problems, including the presence of toxic gases.
If your Iowa work environment exposes you to certain types of chemical hazards, you may have some idea about how this can elevate your cancer risk and negatively impact your overall health. While workers in many different professions experience some level of risk when it comes to work-related hazards, your level of danger tends to increase if you regularly work around dust, fibers, fumes or hazardous chemicals.
Farmers and agricultural workers in Iowa should be aware that Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, may cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer. As reported earlier this year by the Mercury News, there are now over 700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto throughout the country.
Toxic exposure in the workplace is an unavoidable risk in many Iowa occupations, and your protective equipment is usually intended to mitigate that risk to the greatest degree possible. However, the properties of various professional hazards warrant the careful implementation of masks, breathing apparatus or respirators appropriate to your specific situation. To understand what your safety gear may or may not be reasonably assumed to do, it is often useful to turn to the manufacturer for specific information.