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Glidden Paint Toxic Exposure

investigating occupational cancer & employee benzene exposure cases

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 who has been injured due to occupational exposure to hazardous substances should contact medical and legal professionals to navigate through the difficult process of providing healthcare and seeking rightful compensation.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated 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 Workplace Ventilation Risks, 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).

Glidden Paint 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 MedicineOccupational 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)


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Occupational Injury Litigation

Why Are Toxic Exposure Cases Important?

Workplace toxic exposure cases help empower employees to fight for their right to be protected, satisfactorily informed, and to stay safe. They also bring awareness to challenge and higher the expectations of companies who are not serving their employees justly.


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Questions about Toxic Paint Exposure

Can I sue my employer for an occupational illness?

If you were exposed to toxins or chemicals at the workplace, and your employer failed to warn you or provide basic protections and training, you may be able to file suit for an unsafe work environment that led to a serious injury or illness. Contact the Lyon Firm to investigate your unique case and to determine whether your employer is liable for your injuries. 

what paint products are toxic?

Paints, stains, varnishes, adhesives, lacquers, top coats, primers, sealers and spray paint products may all contain toxic chemicals that can potentially cause cancer with chronic exposure. 

What are common diseases linked to paint manufacturing?

Safety experts have expressed concern over paint employees working closely with chemicals linked to leukemia, AML, myelodysplastic syndrome, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. 

Why hire the lyon firm?

The Lyon Firm is experienced in representing plaintiffs in workplace toxic exposure cases. Joe Lyon has worked with workers nationwide who have developed cancer, illnesses or diseases following toxic paint exposure.

who is at risk of toxic paint exposure?

Those working in paint production plants, as well as painters, construction workers, renovators, and body shop workers may be at risk of paint-related cancers. 

Your Right to workplace Safety

Glidden Paint & Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a highly-volatile chemical used in many solvents and paint products. In 2010, the World Health Organization said exposure to Benzene was a “major public health concern.”

It is a concern because Benzene is a toxin that may cause blood cancers such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute non lymphatic leukemia. The IARC classifies it as a group 1 carcinogen. Benzene is considered as toxic as substances such as asbestos.

The American Public Health Association reports that three million workers in United States, including employees at paint manufacturing plants, are at risk.

Toxic Paint Settlements

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured workers and families against companies due to a toxic product or unsafe workplace to obtain just compensation under the law. 


(Hamilton County, Ohio): Confidential Settlement. Lead Counsel in a case that involved secondary lead exposure to two children. Their father worked at a local recycling plant that routinely recycled computer equipment. The company violated numerous OSHA regulations related to providing safety equipment and clothing to prevent lead particles from being transferred home. As a result, the Plaintiffs father transferred lead dust to his children who then suffered lead poisoning. The case was covered extensively by the Cincinnati news media and referenced in peer-reviewed medical literature. The settlement will provide educational needs to the children who suffered neurological injuries due the exposure.