Suburban Chicago Plant Operator Agrees to Pay $408 Million To Settle Toxic Exposure Lawsuits
Ethylene Oxide is used to sterilize medical equipment. It was being used in a Chicago business for that purpose. Now it is reported it, or some business, maybe insurance, are paying $408 million to cover the claims of as many as 870 people regarding exposure.
It is not clear if the exposure was long or short term or what symptoms any of them developed. It is not clear if experts testified or provided reports.
There is a hazardous substance fact sheet published by the New Jersey Department of Health that warns about the effects on humans. OSHA, NIOSH and the ACGIH all have threshold limits for workplace exposure. This fact sheet indicates Ethylene Oxide is a carcinogen and teratogen in humans. Most of you know what a carcinogen is, but few probably realize what teratogen means. A teratogen is an agent or factor which causes malformation of an embryo.
What are examples of teratogens?
Alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs are known teratogens. Alcohol affects the fetus’s central nervous system. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the fetus’s risk for fetal alcohol syndrome.
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