Chemical industry gout is on the rise in the U.S. Chemical industry is expected to lose up to 100,000 jobs by 2025 due to the opioid crisis.
Chemical company executives and lobbyists have lobbied hard to ensure that they can get that number up.
However, that would leave a large number of chemical workers to take a hit, according to research by the U-M Chemical Institute and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The U-Mass research, which was released Tuesday, said that at the end of 2018, there were 1.2 million workers in chemical manufacturing who would lose their jobs due to chemical gout.
The study said that by 2025, that number would increase to 2.5 million.
This study comes amid a spate of industry and union-backed public statements from industry leaders urging Congress to increase the nation’s emergency response funding for chemical companies.
The United Steelworkers and other groups have been working to pass legislation to make the situation worse.
They also have pushed for increased funding for workers with cancer.
Congress has not responded.
Here’s what you need to know about chemical gouts.
Where are chemical workers at the moment?
Chemical factories and processing plants employ millions of people.
The majority of chemical jobs are in the industrial areas of chemical manufacturing.
The manufacturing jobs are typically located in industrial chemical plants in the Midwest and West.
About 75% of the jobs are located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The rest are located primarily in the East Coast and South.
The chemical industry has historically had higher unemployment rates than other industries, including retail.
But since the Great Recession, the unemployment rate for manufacturing has dropped to a near-record low of 6.6% in November.
Why do chemical workers need to be worried about their jobs?
The chemicals industry has been suffering from a steady stream of drug-related deaths in recent years.
The deaths have been tied to drugs such as fentanyl and hydromorphone, which are known as synthetic opioids.
It’s been estimated that the fentanyl and other opioids killed between 13,000 and 15,000 people in the United States in 2017.
As a result of the deaths, the U of M researchers said that a recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found that one in four U.s. residents have tried prescription painkillers within the last year.
They found that a third of Americans over the age of 25 and 28% of those under the age 35 have tried opioid medications.
How do chemical manufacturing companies keep workers safe?
The U. of M study said there are several ways to prevent chemical workers from being exposed to chemicals.
First, chemical workers should wear respirators, gloves, and face shields.
They should wear the proper protective equipment when working in chemical factories, as well as when dealing with chemicals, such as cleaning equipment.
They must be aware of the risks and use appropriate protective equipment.
Additionally, workers must be educated about their chemical exposures, and they should have an opportunity to wear gloves when dealing and handling chemicals.
Finally, chemical manufacturers must be held accountable for any injuries they cause to workers.
These companies have an incentive to not do their jobs properly and fail to train their workers.
What do I need to do to get ready?
To make sure you have the right clothing and masks, the researchers said to wear a hat, gloves and face shield.
And the UMSCI study also recommended wearing a face mask in the workplace, and taking a respiratory protection mask when dealing chemicals.
This information should also be included in your workplace safety training.
This article originally appeared on The Washington Post.