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Safety Tips for Working with Hazardous Chemicals

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Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most common injuries that can lead to Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If your job involves hazardous chemicals, here are some tips you and your coworkers can follow to make sure you stay safe in the workplace.
 
Have an Emergency Plan
In the event that there is a leak or spill, know what to do. Know how to clean up each different type of chemical and know where all of the necessary equipment is stored. Only those that have been trained to work with a spilled chemical should be responsible for cleaning up the spill. If you do not have a plan similar to this in place, speak with your supervisor about putting one together and giving all employees a copy, while also making a copy readily available at the job site. 
 
Wear Protective Clothing
When working with dangerous chemicals, be sure to have all appropriate clothing such as boots, gloves, safety googles, etc. If you spill a chemical on the clothing you are wearing, either dispose of or thoroughly clean the clothes (depending on whether or not the item is for one-time use). When spills such as this occur, do not consume any food or beverages until you have thoroughly cleaned all areas of the body that may have come in contact with the chemical. 
 
Keep the Job Site Clean and Organized
Keep all working areas and walkways clear of objects that could cause anyone to fall and knock over a chemical. Make sure that all chemicals are properly sealed when not in use and labeled. If a spill occurs, take care of it immediately. Make sure that all protective equipment and first aid kits are kept in easily accessible areas and that everyone knows where to locate them. There should also be warning signs that are clearly visible as well as readily available guides that help workers decipher the chemical labels. 
 
Properly Dispose of All Chemicals
Not every chemical is to be disposed of in the same manner. Be sure to know how to properly manage the chemical waste you are working with as well was everything that may come in contact with it. 
 
Remember, if you have been injured in a hazardous chemical accident while on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Hazleton, or York area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 877-COMPHELP for a free consultation. 
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Why should an injured worker select an attorney who is a Pa. Workers’ Compensation Specialist Certified by the Pa. Bar Association section on Workers’ Compensation as approved by the Pa. Supreme Court?

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It’s no secret that all practicing Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers have graduated from law school and have passed the Pennsylvania State Bar Exam. However, until recently, there was no way to OFFICIALLY determine which Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys were of the utmost quality.
 
As it is with any other field, the best lawyers are not only ALLOWED to practice law, but have PROVEN their expertise with years of experience, applied knowledge, and a good track record. Now, thanks to a certification set up by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, there is a LEGITIMATE method for consumers to determine which attorney is most qualified to handle a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case.
 
As you may have read in one of our previous posts, AJ Palutis and Fred Hait have met this qualification. Palutis and Hait are now certified as specialists in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This honor not only demonstrates the experience, knowledge, and skill of its recipients, but also grants Pennsylvania legal service consumers the information and guidance needed to select the best representation for their Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case.  Below is some more information about why Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys that have been certified by the Supreme Court are of the highest quality.
 
To qualify for this certification, the applicant must meet a series of standards set fourth by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. First, one must have practiced law for a minimum number of years in which a minimum percentage of one’s practice dealt with workers’ compensation and subjects related to workers’ compensation. Those that qualified then took a four hour exam which rigorously covered a variety of workers’ compensation related topics.
 
Anyone looking for representation in workers’ compensation related cases in Pennsylvania would be wise to select legal counsel that has met these criteria. Those that have met these standards have not only proven their expertise by practicing workers’ compensation law for a number of years, but have also shown a tremendous amount of knowledge by passing the difficult exam. 
 
If your workers’ compensation case has been denied, contact a CERTIFIED workers’ compensation lawyer immediately. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
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