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TB transmission still a risk in many workplaces

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease usually affecting the lungs or larynx and caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium that easily spreads in areas where many people are together for long periods of time. This includes everything from hospitals to prisons, jails and homeless shelters. Residents of Pennsylvania should know what the dangers are and what can be done after a TB diagnosis.

Dealing with skin disorders at the Pennsylvania workplace

With more than 13 million employees around the country who are potentially exposed to skin-damaging chemicals in the workplace, skin diseases and disorders pose serious health threats. In fact, skin disorders among members of the military was found to be a top prevalent work-related condition requiring treatment, and skin diseases rate as the second most prevalent type of workplace illnesses, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Lead poisoning in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has estimated that around 838,000 construction workers and about 804,000 workers in general industry might be exposed to lead. This likely includes many Pennsylvania workers. OSHA has a minimum permissible level of lead exposure, and employers must also take certain steps to protect workers who are exposed to lead.

Surgical smoke safety

Individuals who work in healthcare are routinely exposed to hazardous materials and dangerous medical conditions. Medical personnel in Pennsylvania who work in the operating room are at particular risk of acquiring the infectious diseases that are transmitted by surgical smoke.

Trump administration delays silica dust rule

Pennsylvania construction workers and others who work in industries where they may be exposed to silica dust may have to wait longer than anticipated for rules to protect them from exposure to the substance. On April 7, the Trump administration announced that it would delay the deployment of such a rule for a minimum of three more months. However, it is possible that it might be scrapped entirely. Enforcement of the rule was set to begin in late June and has been pushed back to September, but with a review of agency regulations underway, it could be repealed.

The prevalence of occupational skin diseases

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, more than 13 million workers throughout the country may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. While the agency notes that improvements have been made to combat chemical inhalation exposure, it is difficult to measure skin exposure risks in a Pennsylvania workplace. Occupational skin diseases may range from skin cancer to infections or injuries. Irritant and allergic contact dermatitis are also forms of occupational skin diseases.

OSHA issues final rule on recording illnesses and injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule clarifying that employers in Pennsylvania and nationwide have an "ongoing obligation" to keep accurate records of workplace illnesses and injuries. The rule was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19.

Flavoring chemical plants may place workers at serious risk

Pennsylvanians who work in food-processing factories have more occupational hazards to worry about than the dangers posed by industrial equipment. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, exposure to flavoring chemicals, such as those added during the manufacture of microwave popcorn and naturally released by coffee bean processing, could contribute to workers contracting permanent respiratory diseases. This is generally known as flavorings-related lung disease.

Know your legal options if you were exposed to asbestos at work

There are many people who dread going to work. Maybe they don't like their job, their boss, their co-workers or the fact that they have to work when they'd rather be doing something else. But there are also people for whom going to work isn't just undesirable or inconvenient; it is actually bad for their health.

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