There are many things that can compromise the health and safety of California workers. From hazards that increase the chance of an accident to exposure to dangerous materials, employers have the responsibility of making the workplace as safe as possible to avoid workplace injuries and illnesses. One way to do this is to protect workers from exposure to harmful levels of lead.
Just last year, the governor of California vetoed a bill that would have increased some protections for workers who may be exposed to lead in the workplace. Many employees in various types of jobs may come into contact with lead, and this can have a detrimental impact on a person's long-term health. While the proposed measures to protect workers did not pass in 2018, state lawmakers will try again with a new one in 2019.
People are often unaware that they are being exposed to lead, only to develop serious health conditions in the future. The effects of lead exposure can include heart problems, cognitive issues, mood disorders, kidney problems and even joint pain. Even a few months of exposure to this dangerous substance can have grave implications for a worker's current and future health.
When an employee experiences workplace injuries, he or she has the right to seek benefits and support through a workers' compensation claim. This is also the case for those who develop medical conditions and health complications because of their work environment. Lead exposure is dangerous, and California workers do not have to deal with the implications and insurance process on their own.