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What are the early warning signs of workplace chemical exposure?


When it comes to exposure to chemicals in the Philadelphia workplace, understanding the early warning signs of exposure might save your life, the life of a coworker or prevent long-term health problems. Warning signs of chemical exposure can vary based on the type of chemical involved, however, there are a few common warning signs. If you’ve been exposed to a chemical at work, and you begin to experience any of the listed symptoms, it is for you to seek immediate medical treatment.

  • Respiratory Irritation – Soon after chemical exposure, inflammation and irritation in the respiratory system can cause burning, congestion, pain in ears, nose, sinuses, throat, voice box, chest, and lungs.
  • Migraines – A common side effect from exposure to chemicals in the air, food, or contact with the skin, migraines can last hours or days and may have other side effects like nausea or upset stomach.
  • Coordination and Concentration Issues – Chemicals breathed in through the air can directly pass from the nose into the brain. Symptoms that occur after this type of exposure can include dizziness, difficulty concentrating, balance and coordination issues, and numbness or “pins and needles” feeling in limbs.
  • Eye and Skin Irritation – burning of these areas and irritation or inflammation can be a side effect of chemical exposure to the eyes and skin.
  • Chronic Fatigue/Aches – A set of symptoms that comes later after exposure, waiting to be seen by a doctor can result in long-term chronic fatigue or pain syndromes.
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms – Often exposure to chemicals in the workplace can lead to acid reflux-like symptoms as a result of an increased inflammation of the stomach or esophagus.


As Philadelphia workplace accident attorneys, we understand the impact chemical exposure can have on you, your loved ones and your coworkers. If you have experienced a chemical exposure accident while on the job, call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675) for a free consultation.