Working around toxic substances can put your safety at risk. Thousands of people are exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxic substances on a regular basis in their workplaces and in their homes, but don’t realize the dangers of increased accidents and injuries.

When you’re exposed to toxic substances, your risks for health problems and physical injuries are greatly increased. Toxic chemicals are commonly used in a variety of products including paint, cleaning products, petroleum products, glues, solvents, pesticides, and metals like aluminum, mercury, cadmium, and lead. Hazardous substances can be found in many forms such as solids, liquids, gases, and powders.

Any products that contain toxic chemicals and other dangerous substances can cause significant health problems, depending on the length of exposure and level of exposure. Common symptoms include:

* Skin rashes
* Chemical burns
* Headaches
* Nausea and vomiting
* Poisoning
* Breathing problems and lung damage
* Kidney and liver damage
Nervous system disorders

People who work around toxic chemicals in their jobs are at increased risk of serious injuries and even death. Toxic chemicals found in many industrial liquids can create toxic gases, fumes, and vapors that quickly lead to fires and explosions. Chemical hazards include flammable liquids, pesticides, welding fumes, fiberglass particles, carbon monoxide fumes, and silica dust.When a toxic chemical fire or explosion occurs, technical rescue training and area evacuations are often necessary to protect exposed workers and other people within a certain radius of the accident.

Certain workers like doctors, dentists, nurses, and veterinarians are at risk for exposure to infectious materials and biological hazards such as bacteria and viruses, fungi and mold, blood, and animal droppings. Pregnant workers who are exposed have a much greater risks fetal birth defects that can lead to various health conditions and disabilities for the child. Medical and scientific research shows that a pregnant woman’s exposure to toxic chemicals and other substances can cause injuries or death to an unborn child. Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially over a long period of time, can create serious health problems, physical and mental injuries, and death. Adequate protection at all times is essential.