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Excessive heat can be dangerous at work

As summer heats up, Pennsylvania workers can face additional threats to their health and safety on the job as a result of heat stress. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has no official regulations governing heat stress in the workplace. However, OSHA has engaged in an ongoing awareness campaign that aims to increase the use of preventive measures in workplaces nationwide to prevent the dangerous effects of excessive heat exposure. Even in states where heat stress is regulated for outdoor workers, regulations governing heat exposure are some of the most frequently violated rules.

Is your job breathtaking? You might have occupational asthma

Do you work at a chemical plant or a paper mill in Pennsylvania? Or, maybe you work at a gas station, a coal mine or on a construction site. While all these occupations expose you to risks of physical injuries, they also pose hazards that could cause occupational diseases. One such condition is asthma, which is a lung disorder that involves the swelling and narrowing of the airways in the lungs.

First responders at risk for traumatic incident stress

When a disaster strikes in Pennsylvania, everyone relies on the first responders who come to put out fires, rescue people and provide first aid. Bad storms, floods, fires, explosions and severe crime events inflict trauma on everyone involved, and first responders often must deal with the situation for prolonged periods of time. Viewing dead and dismembered bodies takes a toll of workers' mental health. Psychologists call it traumatic incident stress, and it could require medical treatment.

OSHA outlines initial enforcement for silica standard

According to new enforcement standards released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers will have an 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure threshold to respirable crystalline silica. As of June 23, 2018, a 30-day provisional period will begin, during which employers can receive compliance assistance. Pennsylvania companies will not be punished for violations if they are making a good faith effort to enforce new standards.

Insect-borne illness cases have tripled in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report saying that cases of insect-borne illness have more than tripled between 2004 and 2016. This should concern outdoor workers in Pennsylvania since they are among those singled out by the CDC as being at a particularly high risk for these illnesses.

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