If there are a lot of chemical containers around your workplace, it's important to be wary of things like strange smells and small container leaks. If you never notice anything and your employer is too negligent to fix the problem, you could end up suffering terrible health risks without getting a chance to seek compensation. When you think you're being exposed to toxic chemicals at work, consider the following things to do.
Get an Exact Explanation of the Specific Chemicals Involved from Your Boss
To give the company employing you a fair chance to fix the problem, ask your boss to provide you with a thorough explanation of all the signs of a chemical leak you're seeing. If your boss names specific chemicals that you can look up and verify as harmless, you have reason to rest easy.
However, in case the explanation you receive is evasive or mendacious, bring a pen and notepad with you and write down everything you can remember about the conversation immediately afterward. If your state's laws allow it, you can even covertly bring a recorder.
If the Chemicals or Leaks Are Visible, Bring a Camera and Take Photos of Them
Evidence of a chemical leak at a workplace can be hard to come by because of the relative ease of a cover-up. To mitigate this natural disadvantage you have, use either your smartphone or a normal camera to take pictures of every abnormality you're allowed to.
If you're not ready to be fired and company policy doesn't explicitly disallow photos, try to be discreet when you're using a camera. If you're sure that the problem hasn't been fixed well after you talk to your boss, it's important to be on guard against harassment.
Use an E-cigarette as an Excuse for Outside Smoke Breaks before You Can Quit the Job
Frequent breaks in the open air are essential if you want to mitigate the health risks you're currently being exposed to as much as possible. If you don't smoke, suddenly taking up an e-cigarette is a good way to go outside for breaks without making your company think that you're still concerned about a chemical problem.
No matter how much evidence you're collecting, it's important to stop working for the negligent employer as soon as you possibly can to avoid even greater health risks. Though it'll take a significant amount of time, any personal injury attorney you hire will be able to finish the evidence collecting job for you.