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Are you at risk for occupational hearing loss?

Employees in New York may be exposing themselves to conditions that will eventually result in permanent hearing loss, and they may not even know it. Occupational hearing loss is a common workers' compensation claim, and it is important workers know the risk factors so they can protect themselves from further injury.

Work-related mental health and helpful interventions

For many employees in New York, working can actually stimulate positive feelings and boost mental health. However, for others work can be the cause of a variety of mental health issues. Negative working conditions can lead to anxiety and depression, which can also increase the chances of physical injuries. To avoid workers' compensation claims due to mental health, employers should integrate interventions that promote, rather than ignore or belittle, mental health.

What types of lung diseases can be caused by working conditions?

Many people who get up and go to work each day do not think how their jobs can affect them health-wise. However, there are certain occupations in New York that can cause illnesses which may lead to workers' compensation claims. Workers should be aware of the risks and some of the symptoms so they can get immediate treatment.

Who is most at risk for asbestos-related illness?

Although asbestos has long been known to be a highly dangerous carcinogen that can cause multiple problems from inhaling its microscopic fibers, you may still find asbestos used in all manner of substances and practices to this day. We are continuously surrounded by asbestos in miniscule amounts, and even walking the streets of New York you will likely inhale trace amounts at a non-harmful level. Some occupations, however, still face dangerous exposure to asbestos. So who is most at risk?

What are the symptoms of baker's asthma?

There are some occupational injuries you might never expect. As a baker you may have to worry about bruising or cutting yourself on machinery, burning yourself on hot ovens or even getting arthritis from kneading and pressing dough. The last thing you would expect is to find yourself routinely having difficulty breathing, or to find yourself coughing and dealing with massive congestion. Yet if you are experiencing shortness of breath with increasing frequency, you may have baker's asthma.

Stress and workers' compensation

Employees in New York who experience a high amount of stress in their jobs may have grounds for a workers' compensation claim. Mental stress can be caused by a number of work-related factors, and those that have a negative effect on an employee's ability to perform their job may result in benefits or access to employee assistance programs that help reduce stress.

The risks associated with commercial baking

Bakers in New York are at increased risk of developing baker's asthma, which is a fairly common occupational respiratory disorder. In order to reduce workers' compensation claims, employers need to be aware of prevention strategies and employees should to know the symptoms involved so they can minimize the damage and get help right away.

Symptoms of workplace carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that can be detrimental to an individual's health, resulting in sickness or even death if too much CO is inhaled. New York employers are required to take steps to ensure that their workplace is protected against possible CO hazards. Many employees, however, may not be aware of how subtle carbon monoxide poisoning can be.

New OSHA rule limits respirable crystalline silica exposure

Construction workers in New York often face a much higher risk of illnesses because of workplace exposure to inhalable carcinogens. Now, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration is addressing the danger by enforcing standards which took effect in 2016, when the new rule passed. The purpose is to lower the amount of silica that employees may be exposed to. 

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