If I had an acute reaction to an unknown possibly hazardous chemical, under state or federal law is my employer required to do a chemical test?

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If I had an acute reaction to an unknown possibly hazardous chemical, under state or federal law is my employer required to do a chemical test?

My work truck is giving off a chemical smell since having some welding done by an outside shop. I became nauseous, dizzy, and lethargic temporarily on 2 occassions. My employer didn’t offer for me to go to the clinic; I had to ask the second time. My management has done nothing to correct the situation. When another person complained of the same symptoms they ignored them and are now trying to force me to use the truck when we have several others available. The symptoms were gone by the time I was seen by a doctor so I was given a clean bill of health but I also have no proof. What about OSHA (state/federal)?

Asked on April 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

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Brenda Feigen / Feigen Law Group

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I have another client with very similar problems.  You should complain both to OSHA, as well as the California agency that has jurisdiction over the safey of work environments.  You also probably have a claim against your employer.  I handle these types of cases.  if you want to contact me my email is bfeigen@feigenlaw.com.  You definitely have a valid claim.  Brenda Feigen (310)271-0606.

Brenda Feigen

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I have another client with very similar problems.  You should complain both to OSHA, as well as the California agency that has jurisdiction over the safey of work environments.  You also probably have a claim against your employer.  I handle these types of cases.  if you want to contact me my email is bfeigen@feigenlaw.com.  You definitely have a valid claim.  Brenda Feigen (310)271-0606.


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