Did you know that breathing unfiltered air in certain high-risk work environments can lead to a debilitating condition called silicosis? Silicosis can be prevented.
A fun trip to the swimming pool, waterpark, lake, river, or ocean is part of the joy of summer. However, the water that we swim and play in comes in contact with every surface of our bodies and can sometimes carry germs that cause problems long after we dry off.
Let’s take a look at some biological hazards workers may encounter during warmer months, or in warmer geographic locations, and what can be done to prevent illness and injury from these hazards
Depending on their geographic location, summertime can expose workers to physical hazards they don’t encounter at other times of the year. It is important for employers to recognize these hazards and mitigate risks associated with each of them by taking preventive, protective measures.
The CDC estimates that 5.6 million workers in the healthcare industry and related occupations are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Chemical eye burns are true emergencies. These kinds of burns can occur at home and at work and can lead to corneal scarring, glaucoma, eyelid injuries, dry eyes, decreased vision, and vision loss.
What is a deadly gas emitted from burning fuel that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and referred to as the “silent killer” or the “invisible killer”? Carbon monoxide. Each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) lead to nearly three million ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths per year. A mild TBI is commonly known as a concussion. Even though they are called “mild” because they are not typically life-threatening, the effects of a concussion can be serious, and recovery can be lengthy.