Glidden Paint Industry Employees Exposed to Dangerous Workplace Toxins

Glidden Company, a subsidiary of ICI Americas, Inc. is the third largest paint manufacturer in the country, behind Sherwin-Williams Co. and PPG Industries. A very successful, diversified company for over a hundred years in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Glidden Co. produces consumer paints for the American household market. The company produces thousands of paints, wood stains, varnishes, contact adhesives and other supplies.

The paint manufacturing industry uses a number of potential toxic chemicals, including a large amount of Benzene in the products they produce. Interior and exterior paints, primers, colored paints, top coat paints, lacquers, stains, spray paints, and sealers may all contain Benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Inhaling Benzene is known to increase the risk of cancers like lung cancer, bladder cancer and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Workers in the Glidden Paint facilities in Strongsville, Ohio and Huron, Ohio may face an increased risk of developing severe health complications as a result of chronic exposure to Benzene and other chemicals airborne in the paint manufacturing floor.

Any Glidden employee in Ohio who has been injured due to occupational exposure to hazardous substances should contact medical and legal professionals to navigate through the difficult process of healthcare and rightful compensation.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in toxic tort claims.

Paint Workers Exposed to Toxins

Paint manufacturers typically use a solvent that allows other paint components to remain in a liquid form. These solvents may be toxic during manufacturing and in the final product. Benzene is a common solvent used for this purpose. Ohio workers at paint manufacturing facilities like Glidden are at a high risk of long-term Benzene exposure.

Individuals that work with paint products for long periods of time in factories, like Glidden’s plants in Strongsville and Huron, are at risk for long-term Benzene exposure complications.

These individuals are constantly breathing in toxic fumes from the paint, solvents and sealers while performing daily tasks at a paint plant. Because many of these individuals in the past were not warned by the company of the serious dangers of chemical exposure, many employees did not wear protective masks or respirators.

Workers at the Strongsville, Ohio and Huron, Ohio Glidden Company plants may develop certain cancers linked to Benzene exposure. Several paint products including paint, paint thinners, and solvents contain Benzene and toxic carcinogens. Chronic use and exposure has been proven to increase the risk of certain cancers like lung cancer, bladder cancer and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Paint Industry Workers at Cancer Risk

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies Benzene as a human carcinogen. Multiple scientific studies link Benzene to the development of cancer. Health agencies warn of an increased risk of leukemia, mainly Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), among workers with high levels of Benzene exposure in paint production jobs.

According to a study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational exposure to paint can cause an increased risk of cancer. One study of pancreatic cancer reported a high risk for exposure to paint thinners. Five other studies of leukemia origin mentioned paints. Two small studies of Hodgkin’s disease and three studies of multiple myeloma showed increased risks in association with paint or solvent exposure. Benzene is typically the main cancer culprit, causing Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Toxic Chemicals in Paint Products

The majority of paint products use a solvent to allow the paint to remain in liquid form. These solvents can contain Benzene and other dangerous toxins. The chemical and paint industries are among the biggest users of Benzene in the country.

Numerous hazardous chemicals may be used in Glidden paints, paint thinners, solvents, lacquers, and adhesives used in the painting industry. Toxic chemicals used in paint products as solvents, pigments, extenders, stabilizers, corrosion inhibitors, driers and additives may include:

•    Benzene
•    Toluene
•    Xylene
•    Aliphatic compounds
•    Ketones
•    Glycol ethers
•    Phthalates (plasticizers)
•    Chromium
•    Lead 
•    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Ohio Paint Industry Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has suffered an illness due to occupational Benzene Exposure at a Glidden facility or elsewhere in the paint industry and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.