Angiuli & Gentile, LLP
We’ll Take It From Here. 347-201-4447

What recommendations does OSHA offer to reduce toxic exposure?

As an employer in New York, it is your responsibility to provide a safe workplace for your employees. You provide them with workers’ compensation coverage in the event they are injured, but it is the prevention of such injures that should be your main focus. This is especially true when it comes to toxic substances. Luckily, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has some clear guidelines for things you should do to limit toxic exposure.

OSHA has a pyramid of safety relating to toxic substances. Each layer of the pyramid adds more protection against exposure and illness. At the base of the pyramid is providing protective gear for your employees. This might include googles or gloves to protect from direct exposure, along with respiration gear to protect against air borne dangers. Next, on the pyramid is making administrative changes. Such changes may involve rotating employee positions so they are not working with the same substances every day, which helps to reduce exposure.

Next, is making changes to the physical set up or function of your workplace. This could include making actual changes to the lay out or making changes to the processes used. It may also include adding in extra protection, such as venting systems. Finally, at the top of the pyramid, would be making changes to the actual substances you use. If you can substitute different, safer substances without causing detrimental effects to your product, then it is highly recommended that you do so. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
View More

You Can Trust Angiuli & Gentile to Make a Difference

Schedule Your Consultation

Email Us to Get the Answers You Need

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

Office Locations

Angiuli & Gentile, LLP
60 Bay Street, Penthouse Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

Phone: 347-201-4447
Phone: 718-816-0005
Fax: 718-442-6408
Staten Island Law Office Map

Staten Island Office
1481 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone: 347-201-4447
Phone: 718-816-0005
Staten Island Law Office Map