Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire
According to NIOSH, “Based on well-documented associations between occupational exposures and cancer, it is estimated that approximately 20,000 cancer deaths and 40,000 new cases of cancer each year in the U.S. are attributable to occupation.” The report comments that studies done on animals make it clear that millions of Americans are exposed to carcinogens in the workplace environment.
A person’s risk of developing a particular cancer is influenced by a combination of factors that interact in ways that are not fully understood. Some of the factors include:
- Personal characteristics such as age, sex, and race
- Family history of cancer
- Diet and personal habits such as cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption
- The presence of certain medical conditions
- Exposure to cancer-causing agents in the environment
- Exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace
In many cases, these factors may act together or in sequence to cause cancer.
It is important for employers to take reasonable steps to be sure employees are not exposed to chemicals that can cause serious injuries of death.