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Hazardous chemicals cause many workplace injuries in agriculture

According to agricultural safety and health authorities, more attention should be given to the hazards posed by the chemicals used in this industry nationwide. Safety data sheets are crucial, and they must be easily accessible to workers and emergency personnel. Employers in Oklahoma and elsewhere should base their safety protocols on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Hazard Communication Standard to limit the risks of workplace injuries.

OSHA requires that responsible staff must be identified to coordinate the implementation of chemical safety plans. Each section of the farm that uses hazardous chemicals must have an inventory of those substances, and each container must be labeled. Workers must receive training on the unique hazards posed by each chemical to which they will be exposed, including additional training whenever new chemicals are introduced.

All workers must learn the procedures to follow in emergencies. Furthermore, periodic reassessments and evaluations must be scheduled to review the current hazard communications program. Any changes to existing protocols should be communicated to all the workers and supervisors who are exposed to the changed conditions and new hazards.

Victims of workplace injuries in the agricultural industry in Oklahoma may be unsure of their rights to workers' compensation benefits. Their best bet would be to talk to an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Legal counsel can explain the benefits for which they are eligible and assist with the navigation of the benefits claim process. Compensation typically covers medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages for workers who are unable to return to work for a specific number of days.

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