The toxic chemicals that are increasingly a part of our workplace can also be found in other parts of the world, including in Australia.
Chemical engineering chemicals, which are typically used to make plastics, ceramics, metals, and other items, can also get into the environment.
A survey of more than 1,400 chemists in the UK found that more than 80 per cent of respondents had used chemicals onsite.
A survey of 3,000 chemists across the UK in 2015 found that almost one in five chemists had used a chemical onsite to make a product, and nearly one in six had used one or more chemicals in the manufacturing process.
The problem of toxic chemicals entering our workplace is not just a problem for our own country.
The chemicals can enter our environment, too, with more than 90 per cent in Europe having been linked to pollution from chemical industries.
The biggest chemical producers in the world are now working together to address the issue, with the aim of reducing the impact of toxic products on people.
In 2017, the European Commission launched a collaboration with the United States, which aims to help to address and contain the impacts of toxic chemical products on the environment and human health.
A number of chemicals that have been linked with cancer, birth defects, infertility, and more are also being banned by the European Union.
The European Union has also launched a ban on the use of some chemical ingredients in food and drink, including many synthetic ones.
Some of these bans are only being lifted in the United Kingdom, which will also be joining the EU by 2019.
The UK is currently in talks with the EU to make the country the third largest supplier of chemicals in Europe.