Household and commercial cleaning products are used by many on a daily basis. The majority of these common cleaning products seem harmless; however, they can be very dangerous if misused. Harsh chemicals in cleaning products can cause asthma or agitate pre-existing upper respiratory complications.
Workplace injuries that are caused by inhalation of dangerous chemicals happen frequently when employers fail to train their employees on how to safely handle and protect themselves from the harsh chemicals. When working with chemicals that contain strong ingredients such as bleach or ammonia workers should pay attention to symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness; if these symptoms occur from chemical inhalation it is best to see a doctor immediately for treatment.
Chicago personal injury attorney and host of Community Safety Forum, Jim Morici, recommends reading all warning and safety labels on cleaning products before opening for use and to also wear protective eyewear. It is also important to never mix cleaners; doing so can release poisonous gases into the air. Working in small confined spaces with poor ventilation is also an issue when using cleaning products; if this is the case using a fan to help circulate the air in the room will alleviate the smell. It is always important to be aware of the surroundings that you are working in, and taking time to properly prepare for the environment can decrease the chance of getting injured.