New Tool to Help Protect Workers from Cadmium-Poisoning Risks

on 01/10/2013

Hundreds of thousands of workers in the manufacturing industries are at risk from cadmium-related poisoning hazards every year.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new tool that is aimed at helping employers comply with federal cadmium standards.

The interactive online tool is expected to help employers comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's cadmium safety standards.  The tool is called the Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor and is designed to help comply with federal standards through a series of questions and answers. 

The tool can be used to understand federal monitoring requirements as well as medical surveillance criteria.  The tool is meant primarily to be used by medical professionals, who can assess a worker’s exposure to cadmium. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also wants the tool to be used by workers as an educational aid.  It can help educate workers about what constitutes exposure to cadmium on the job, how to identify these hazards and avoid them.

Cadmium is a soft metal that is used in several industries, including plastics, painting, ceramics and welding.  Much of the exposure to cadmium that Houston work injury lawyers find occurs during the smelting and refining of metals.  Additionally, workers who work in industries that manufacture batteries or plastics may also be exposed to cadmium in the air.

It is estimated that approximately 300,000 American workers every year are exposed to toxic quantities of cadmium.  These workers may be at risk of a number of side effects and occupational illnesses.  Short-term exposure to cadmium has been linked to conditions like muscular pain, chills, fatigue, fever and headaches.  Over a long period of time, the worker may suffer from chronic cadmium poisoning, and this can lead to kidney damage, lung cancer and prostate cancer.  Cadmium has also been linked to bone disease as well as pulmonary emphysema.

Tags: Workplace Injury, Toxic Exposure, Houston, OSHA

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