Today, there are dozens of industries across the UK which rely on chemicals like dioxins. They are an essential part of many products in daily use, but they can be harmful in the workplace if you aren’t properly protected. Dioxin poisoning is a serious illness which can really impact your working and personal lives in a variety of ways.
Dioxins are everywhere. We all have trace levels of dioxins in our bodies, as do all animals, but if these levels become too high, it can lead to a whole range of health problems including damaging developmental systems and impacting the reproductive system. Some of the most common industrial spaces which are vulnerable to dioxin contamination include:
- Chemical Factories.
- Waste Recycling Plants.
- Wood and Paper Mills.
- Steel Works.
Here at Tyler’s Solicitors, our team of professional personal injury lawyers can help you to achieve the compensation that you deserve. We have worked with people from all kinds of industries to help them recover from the wide range of issues associated with dioxin poisoning.
Rather than being a substance, dioxin is a term used to describe a large group of different compounds. These structures all include high levels of chlorine and the amount of chlorine, in addition to its positioning within the molecule, are how they are categorised. One of the most dangerous dioxins is 2,3,7,8 -tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, commonly known as TCDD.
Dioxin poisonings occur when the levels of dioxins in the body exceed harmless levels This typically occurs after dioxins are swallowed or inhaled but it can occur due to skin contact. If you work in an environment in which high levels of dioxins are found, then you are at a much greater risk of developing dioxin poisoning than anyone else.
Dioxins can be found in most animals thanks to their ability to remain in fat tissue. They can be stored in the body for up to 11 years, and if allowed to build up over time, they will lead to a range of problems.
If you’ve been exposed to harmful levels of dioxin, the response will be quick. In the immediate aftermath of your exposure, you may begin to experience a range of severe pains centred in your stomach. It is also common that your body will attempt to expel the dioxin by vomiting.
One of the most common indications of TCDD exposure is Chloracne. This symptom involves the speedy breakout of a wide range of lesions across your face and the upper part of your body. Discoloured skin, irritating rashes and excessive body hair are all also common problems.
When the levels of dioxins in your system reach dangerous heights, it can also cause damage to the kidneys. Dioxin poisoning can also lead to damages in your immune system. This can leave you vulnerable to a wide range of other illnesses and infections.
There is even the suggestion that long-term exposure to TCDD can result in an increased risk of cancers. Both bladder and lung cancer have been linked to dioxin poisoning by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In addition to the potential long-term issues associated with dioxin poisonings, there are also short-term symptoms which can be extremely irritating. These can include nose and eye irritation, respiratory infections and lesions.
Here at Tyler’s, our professional team can help you to get your hands on the compensation you need to move on with your life following dioxin exposure. The issues associated with dioxin poisoning can greatly impact your personal and professional lives.
When working with dioxins, it is up to your employers to ensure you are safe and protected. Your employers are required to provide you with adequate protection thanks to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH 2002). These health and safety guidelines mean that they are required to provide you with a wide range of protective and safety gear, including respiratory masks, protective gloves and more. It is also important that your workplace has working ventilation systems to prevent the build-up of dioxins in an area.
Our professional team of personal injury lawyers have worked with employees from a wide range of industries to help them achieve the compensation that they need to move on with their lives. Our specialised solicitors will work with you to identify if you have a viable dioxin poisoning case and, if you do, we will take it off your hands to allow you to focus on recovery.
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