Occupational exposure refers to any situation where workers are exposed to hazardous substances or conditions in the workplace. This could include exposure to chemicals, dust, radiation, or noise, among others. We realize that such exposures can have serious health impacts, and our team is committed to ensuring that workers' rights are respected and protected. 

How Our Firm Can Help

At Stiberth, Scarlati & Boudreau, LLC, located in Chicago, Illinois, our team understands the challenges you're facing with occupational exposure. We know it can be overwhelming to deal with the legal aspects while also focusing on your health. That's why our firm is here to guide you through each step of the legal process. We'll advocate for your rights, helping you seek the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Trust in our team to be your steadfast support throughout this difficult time. 



Common Types of Occupational Exposures

Occupational exposures encompass a wide variety of risks that employees may face in the workplace. Employers and employees alike should be knowledgeable about these risks to create a safer work environment.

Recognizing and understanding the common types of occupational exposures is the first step toward implementing effective measures to mitigate them. The following points outline these risks, offering insight into their nature and the potential health and personal injury repercussions. 

  • Chemical Exposures: This involves working with paints, solvents, acids, and other hazardous chemicals that could lead to respiratory issues, skin disorders, or long-term illnesses. 

  • Physical Exposures: This encompasses exposure to extreme temperatures, vibrations, and noise that can result in hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, and other physical injuries. 

  • Biological Exposures: Workers in health care, laboratory, and outdoor work environments may be exposed to bacteria, viruses, and other biological agents, potentially leading to infections or allergic reactions. 

  • Ergonomic Risks: Repetitive motions, improper workstation setup, and lifting heavy objects can cause musculoskeletal problems such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. 

  • Psychosocial Risks: High stress levels, excessive workloads, and hostile work environments can lead to psychological and emotional stress. 

Addressing occupational hazards requires a proactive and comprehensive approach to safety and health protocols. Identifying and managing chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial risks can help minimize the adverse health effects these exposures might have on workers.

Both employers and employees should remain vigilant and educated about occupational exposures to foster a culture of safety and well-being in every workspace. 

Health Risks Associated With Occupational Exposure

Occupational exposure can lead to a variety of health risks. For example, exposure to asbestos exposure can cause lung disease, while exposure to loud noise can result in hearing loss. Furthermore, repetitive motion can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. We believe workers should be aware of these risks so they can take the necessary steps to protect themselves. 

Immediate Impacts

From our experience, the immediate impacts of occupational exposure can vary depending on the type and severity of the exposure. Some workers may experience symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or skin irritation. However, other workers might not notice any immediate effects, making it all the more vital to monitor workplace conditions closely. 

Long-Term Effects 

Occupational exposure can result in a variety of long-term health issues that may not become apparent until years after the initial exposure. Our legal team has identified several chronic conditions that can be traced back to workplace environmental hazards: 

  • Asbestos Exposure: Can lead to serious respiratory conditions such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. 

  • Lead Exposure: May cause cognitive deficits, kidney disease, and high blood pressure, especially with chronic exposure over time. 

  • Silica Dust: Prolonged inhalation is associated with the development of silicosis and an increased risk of lung cancer. 

  • Loud Noise: Constant exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. 

  • Repetitive Motion: Can result in long-lasting musculoskeletal disorders, including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Understanding these risks emphasizes the need for stringent safety measures and active legal advocacy to protect the long-term health and welfare of workers. 

Legal Rights and Protections for Workers 

In Illinois, there are legal rights and protections in place for workers. These include the right to a safe workplace, the right to information about hazards in the workplace, and the right to refuse dangerous work.

Additionally, Illinois has mandatory workers’ compensation laws in place, and all businesses with at least one employee must provide workers’ compensation insurance. Our firm is here to help you understand and exercise these rights. 

Your Rights as a Worker

As a worker, you have the right to protection from hazards in your workplace. This includes the right to receive training and to use protective equipment. If you believe your rights have been violated, our team at Stiberth, Scarlati & Boudreau, LLC is ready to assist you. 

OSHA and Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for workplace safety and health. We can help you understand these standards and what they mean for you. If your employer has failed to meet OSHA standards, we're prepared to take action on your behalf.


At Stiberth, Scarlati & Boudreau, LLC, we're committed to ensuring that your rights as a worker are respected and protected. We can provide guidance, represent you in legal proceedings, and fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. If you've been affected by occupational exposure, don't hesitate to reach out to us.