If you work in an environment where toxic chemicals are used on a regular basis, it's extremely important for you to know what to do if you are ever directly exposed to toxic chemicals.
Here are the steps you should take after a chemical exposure at your workplace:
Know What Chemicals You Work With
It's important to know what chemicals you work with and what they are capable of. Study the MSDS sheets that are on file at your company.
Call 911 and Other Necessary Authorities
Call 911 immediately as well as any other officials who might need to be notified. While 911 is usually all that is needed, know what your company's protocols are so others can be notified if needed.
Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Always get a thorough examination after any type of workplace accident. This will prevent you from having any prolonged injuries after the fact.
Take Pictures of the Scene If You Are Able
Take pictures of the scene if you are able to do so. These will be helpful when trying to reconstruct the scene of the accident.
Call a Worker's Compensation Attorney
Call a Worker's Compensation attorney as soon as possible. With any Worker's Compensation injury, there are strict filing guidelines that must be followed. They will also be able to protect your rights in case of any litigation.
Discuss the Accident When Your Attorney Is Present
Your employer will want to discuss the accident with you. Make sure that you do not say anything until your attorney is present and can supervise the interview.