Teflon Poisoning Claim *
What is Teflon?
Teflon is the brand name which is given to polytetrafluoroethene (PTFE). It is a synthetic polymer which is most commonly used in non-stick cookware and other coatings. Teflon is generally a safe substance and it is not very commonly associated with injuries. Despite this, poisoning can develop in a small amount of cases. Products which contain PTFE are safe for everyday use and are used in a wide range of domestic and industrial environments. When products which contain Teflon are heated above 250 degrees it causes the polymer to decompose and release harmful fumes. If heated to over 450 degrees, more fumes are releases along with ultrafine particles which can lead to the development of lung cancer.
Accident in Work *
Many of these claims are made following a workplace accident *. Those who work in the plastic and chemical manufacturing industry are more at risk of developing Teflon poisoning. If this is an environment where smoking is allowed, employees will be more at risk as it area may be contaminated with polymer particles. In order to reduce the risk of contamination the employer should carry out various risk assessments in order to identify the hazards which could affect an employee’s health. This also allows them to determine which precautions should be put in place. Fume and dust extraction controls should be in place and employees should be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you have developed Teflon poisoning in the workplace * your employer could be seen as liable for this if they have failed to take necessary steps to minimise the risk of industrial illness or personal injuries.
Teflon Poisoning Symptoms
- Tightness of the chest
- Lung Damage
Lack of Protective Equipment
PPE helps to protect us from sustaining any injuries or developing an industrial disease. This equipment includes footwear, clothing, glasses, gloves and facial protection. It is important that those who work with PTFE and other harmful substances where this at all times to ensure that the fumes do not enter their system lead to internal injuries and damage.
It is important that employees are trained on the risks which can be associated with working with Teflon and PTFE. This can help to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. They should also be trained on how to act in the event that an accident does occur so as to avoid injuries from being sustained. It is the responsibility of the employee to ensure that they attend all training that is provided them to their employer.
High exposure to certain chemicals and materials can have a negative effect on the general health of a person. In industries where people are working with these substances there should be procedures in place to ensure that an individual does not spend too much time working on the same task as this can lead to overexposure. Their work should also be varied throughout the day so as to give them a break from the same repetitive task. If one person is spending all of their time working with these substances the risk of an illness developing becomes higher.
Lack of Information
Although Teflon poisoning is not very common in the home, it is important that people are made aware of the potential risks associated with a product. If there is any chance that and illness or injury may be sustained there should be information printed on the products to make people aware of this. If people are aware of potential hazards the chance of an accident occurring is reduced and they will know what to do in the case of an illness developing.
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