Topic: Workers Compensation
Every year, over 13 million American workers are potentially exposed to dangerous chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Most chemicals are easily soaked up through the skin without an employee even noticing. Many common chemicals could potentially result in systemic toxicity if absorbed through the skin, including pesticides and organic solvents.
So-called “dermal exposure” to hazardous chemicals can cause a wide variety of health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occupational skin disorders (OSD) are the second most common type of occupational disease. Contact dermatitis alone costs Americans approximately $1 billion per year.
Common Work-Related Skin Disorders
Some common types of occupational skin disorders include:
Various types of skin cancers
Infections of the skin
Irritant contact dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis
Skin problems are more common and often more serious than respiratory problems caused by chemical inhalation. The rate of skin disease in the United States exceeds the rate of respiratory illnesses. In 2010, there were 34,400 cases of skin disease reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). By comparison, there were only 19,300 respiratory illnesses reported that year.
Often, dermal exposure is more problematic in terms of health risk than exposure to chemical by way of inhalation. Non-volatile chemicals are relatively toxic and remain on work surfaces for long periods of time, making them common sources of contact. And sometimes, dermal exposure to chemicals combines with inhalation of the chemical in the air, resulting in an even more serious risk.
Some industries that are known for a high rate of dermal exposure include:
Identification, classification, and regulation of carcinogens
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Represent Victims of Dermal Exposure
If you suspect that you have a health condition caused by the absorption of chemicals through your skin at work, you need to speak to an experienced lawyer who can investigate your case. The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross are known for their thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation laws. To learn whether you may be eligible for compensation for your work injury, contact us online or call us at 267-589-0090 or 215-512-1500. We provide free consultations to individuals throughout the greater Philadelphia area.