Toxic Exposure & Lung Disease

What Your Employer Is Responsible For

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are responsible for handling dangerous chemicals in the following ways:

  • Chemical manufacturers and transporters must analyze the danger of the chemicals they work with to prepare labels and datasheets for employees.
  • Any employer that keeps hazardous material in the workplace must label the hazardous material and train employees to handle said material.
  • Employers are required to identify and examine respiratory hazards in the workplace and take steps based on Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs).


If you have been injured by exposure to chemicals in the workplace, you have the right to file an application for workers’ compensation benefits. 

When most people think about toxic exposure and lung disease, they think of harsh chemicals and heavy smokers. But the reality is that toxic exposure doesn’t just occur in laboratories. Workers in a variety of jobs are at risk of toxic exposure. Ammonia, bleach, and even asbestos can lead to toxic exposure if inhaled directly or in dangerous amounts. If you have been exposed to toxins at work and are suffering from lung diseases, you could have a workers’ compensation claim.

How to Determine Whether or Not You Are a Victim of Toxic Exposure


Toxic exposure can happen in a variety of ways. The first and most obvious way is through overwhelming exposure following an accident. If you are exposed to toxic material at work in dangerous amounts, then seek healthcare and contact an attorney right away. The most common way employees encounter toxic material is through sustained exposure. Your exposure may not happen in alarming or overwhelming amounts, but repeated exposure can lead to lung disease over time. If you develop shortness of breath, trouble taking a deep breath, a persistent cough, pain or discomfort while breathing, or the couching up of blood or mucus, you may be dealing with workplace-related lung disease.

Contact the Law Offices Of Meline & Vargas, A.P.C for help and representation in this matter. We can help you to find proper healthcare, guide you through determining whether workplace exposure is, in fact, the culprit for your condition, and seek workers’ compensation benefits if it is. Everyone deserves to go to work in a safe environment. If that isn’t a reality for you, we can help to make it right.