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Common workplace injuries when working with chemicals

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Working with chemicals in the manufacturing industry involves handling various substances and operating complex machinery. Your responsibilities in the process are integral in producing essential materials. However, the work environment poses inherent risks that can lead to injuries.

You should be aware of some common injuries from exposure to chemicals. Workplace management must emphasize the importance of safety. This builds a culture that mandates employee wellness.

Chemical exposure injuries

When working with chemicals, you are at a higher risk of exposure to hazardous substances. Chemicals used in the manufacturing process can be corrosive, toxic or flammable, posing a threat to an individual’s health. Injuries from chemical exposure may manifest as burns, skin irritation or respiratory issues. They can manifest as short- and long-term injuries.

Employers must establish strict safety protocols. They should provide team members with appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles and respirators.

Machinery-related wounds

The operation of heavy machinery may be important when pouring, mixing or spreading chemicals. Workers may face dangers such as entanglement or crushing.

Proper training on equipment operation, maintenance and the use of safety guards can reduce the likelihood of injuries. Employers must commit to a comprehensive maintenance and repair program for machinery. Clearly defined safety guidelines reduce the risk of accidents.

Fire and explosion damages

Chemicals are often flammable or explosive substances. Accidents leading to fires or explosions can result from improper handling or equipment failure. Many common injuries from chemical fires include:

  • Burns
  • Lung damage
  • Vision loss
  • Permanent scarring

Stringent fire safety measures reduce fires and explosions in manufacturing facilities. Comprehensive emergency response training helps employees move to safety in the event of danger.

Manufacturing workers face diverse risks that can result in injuries from chemical exposure. Employers must protect their employees as they work in this important industry.