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We are exposed to a low level of toxins almost everywhere we go. Whether you’re driving to work with the window down or sitting next to a person while they are smoking, toxic materials are hard to avoid. However, some toxins do much more dangerous than others.

This is why it is important to be aware of the toxins that are potentially present in your workplace. If you work in an industry that is particularly risky when it comes to toxic exposure, such as mining or construction, you should do what you can to increase safety and to understand what protections are in place for you.

How do I know if toxins are present in my workplace?

If there are hazardous toxins present in your workplace, you have the right to know. Your employer has a responsibility to provide complete information about these toxins to employees and to put notices around the workplace. All employees also have the right to read Material Safety Data Sheets so that they can fully understand how to control toxins in the workplace.

What can I do if I’m suffering as a result of toxic exposure?

Toxic exposure can lead to chronic illnesses. Therefore, if you have developed an illness and you believe that your working environment is to blame, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation helps workers with the financial aspects of a workplace illness or injury, and it covers medical expenses and a portion of lost wages.

If you are suffering as a result of toxic exposure in the state of California, it is important that you stand up for your legal rights.