Don't Bring Your Work Home With You
Workers in dozens of industries are not only being exposed to dangerous substances on the job, but are also transporting those toxins home on their clothes, skin, tools, and briefcases, unwittingly exposing family members to dangerous contamination, according to an investigation by USA Today. Radioactive material, pesticides, mercury, lead, asbestos, PCBs, and arsenic are some of the substances that are being carried home from university labs, factories, farm fields, and other workplaces. Children in the home are particularly vulnerable to exposure. Safety advocates are calling for stricter enforcement of laws to keep contaminants from leaving work sites, more education on the issue, and more research into who is most at risk.