Workplace Illness Archives

Healthy Lungs in the Workplace

Good air quality is just as important to our health as any other aspect in our daily lives. Millions of people across the country suffer from a form of lung disease.  From emphysema to deadly lung cancers,  you or someone you know most likely has a respiratory issue. We all take breathing for granted, and… Read More


Workers’ Compensation for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that affects about 15 million Americans, and experts believe it will be the third-leading cause of death by next year. Smoking can cause COPD, but genetics and exposure to fume, dusts, or gases at work can also be prominent factors. Smokers and those with asthma that… Read More


Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation for Stress?

Stress is part of everyday life, but work situations often exacerbate stress. While proving stress caused a workplace injury is difficult, there are exceptions. For example, if someone develops a serious, stress-related digestive disorder due to their workplace situation, it is easier to prove that the individual suffers from a stress-related physical issue. While a… Read More


Heat-Related Work Injuries

Heat-related injuries and illnesses, such as sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cramps, and rashes can occur in many types of work environments, and can be immediate or build up over time. As temperatures heat up this summer, now is the time to learn the signs and symptoms and to become familiar with preventative measures. Heat… Read More


Tuberculosis: an Overview for Workers

Pennsylvania residents who work in places where the same people share the same space for an extended period of time should be aware that transmission of tuberculosis is a risk that they face. This includes healthcare employees and those who work in prisons, jails, homeless and social assistance shelters and emergency shelters. The risk usually… Read More


Silica Standard Now in Full Effect

Until July 23, companies in Pennsylvania and throughout the country were not cited for making good faith efforts to comply with the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard. However, companies are now being cited for violations regardless of their efforts to comply with it. To be considered in compliance, employers must have a written silica control plan… Read More


Asbestos Causing More Deaths Than Previously Thought

Pennsylvania residents should know that the U.S. has not placed a general ban on asbestos. This toxic mineral is still -ound in many structures, and exposure to it can lead to serious health conditions like mesothelioma, which is a rare, aggressive and incurable disease. The World Health Organization estimates that every year, there are 105,000… Read More


Report on Black Lung Disease Says More Information Needed

Coal industry workers in Pennsylvania are protected against black lung disease by safety measures that control and monitor coal dust. But in recent decades there has been an increase in cases of black lung disease in coal workers. A new report looks at the problem and suggests ways to increase protection for workers. Black lung… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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