Synthetic vitreous fibers and fiberglass workplace exposure

Many workers get exposed to synthetic vitreous fibers or fiberglass on a regular basis in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, this can put them in harm’s way and cause lifelong issues. Here’s more information about these types of materials and how exposure to them can affect individuals.

Where these materials are found

These types of materials are usually found in building materials. These materials include things like shingles, insulation, textiles and even ceiling tiles. They often contain a variety of inorganic materials such as calcium silicates, fiberglass, wool, ceramic fibers or aluminum.

The effects of exposure to them

When a piece of building material gets removed or replaced, particles are often released into the air. These particles can greatly affect the health of an individual if they get exposed to them. They can experience eye or skin irritation. They may also have problems breathing if they inhale them. In certain cases, an individual can develop cancer as well. When this happens, many individuals do need to take time off of work and file a worker’s compensation claim. Employers can limit an individual’s exposure to these hazards by offering adequate training to their employers as well as the proper protective gear.

If you think you’ve been exposed to harmful materials while you were at work and are experiencing health issues, you may want to seek the assistance of an attorney. They will ask you questions about the incident and whether or not you think that your employer acted in an irresponsible manner. They will use this information to help you determine whether or not you should file a lawsuit against your employer.

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