Workplace Illness Archives

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

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… Read More

Insect-Born 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. In that… Read More

They Say Beauty Comes at a Price. Could it be Your Health?

Perhaps from a young age you knew that you wanted to work as a nail technician. You thought you would enjoy the creativity, the socializing and felt as though you had a knack for it. It turns out you were right. You obtained your license and went to work. Everything went well until you became ill…. Read More

Loud Noise Can Lead to Occupational Disease

While many Pennsylvania workers know that excessive exposure to loud noise in the workplace can cause hearing loss, the effects of a noisy workplace can extend far beyond a worker’s ears. One study produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a strong link between noisy, loud workplaces and high blood pressure… Read More

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