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Dealing with toxic exposure at work

As a worker in the state of Kentucky, you have the legal right to be protected from harm as far as reasonably possible. This means that your employer must do what he or she can in order to prevent injury from occurring in the workplace, but he or she must also put procedures in place to limit the risk of exposure to other safety hazards, such as toxic exposure.

In many industries, toxic exposure is a daily risk, but as a worker, you should be provided with as much information as possible to help you keep safe. If there are toxins present in your workplace, you have the legal right to seek more information. This will help you be aware of the risks that you are facing at work, and what to do about them.

If I am aware that toxins are present in my workplace, what can I do about it?

Your employer should provide you with adequate training in relation to avoiding the harmful effects of toxic exposure. You should make sure that the environment you are working in is well-ventilated, and that you always use personal protective equipment. This can ensure that contamination is prevented.

I am experiencing illness because of toxic exposure at work. What rights do I have?

If you have an illness that is directly related to workplace toxic exposure, it is likely that you will be entitled to workers' compensation. This means that you will be able to receive financial reimbursement for your medical costs, lost wages and for the implications of your illness. It is important to take action as soon as possible if you wish to gain workers' compensation in Kentucky.

Source: FindLaw, "Toxic Exposure in the Workplace," accessed April 12, 2018

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