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Can high temperatures lead to workplace illnesses?

Often, people realize certain on-the-job dangers, such as falling from heights on construction sites. However, there are other hazards that may not receive as much attention but can also lead to workplace illnesses, resulting in lost lives and serious injuries. In New York, and elsewhere in the U.S., those who work outside or in a hot environment may be hurt by the high temperatures in various ways.

Why You Should Be Wary Of a Workplace Illness

In our day to day interactions, it has become unavoidable to experience exposure to various chemicals. Let’s face it, deadly chemicals can be found in any imaginable place from toxins found in domestic items to carbon monoxide in vehicle exhaust. Luckily, our interactions with such toxic substances is only limited to a few minutes, if nit seconds. On the other hand, toxins found at the workplace are a whole new dimension and can spell disaster in the absence of quick medical aid. If your profession entails working around poisonous substances, then wearing protective gear becomes basic instinct. In the absence of such equipment, exposure to such carcinogens can ultimately cause cancer.

The three types of carcinogens and how they cause cancer

In our daily lives, we are often exposed to chemicals. In fact, potentially deadly chemicals are everywhere, from carbon monoxide contained in vehicle exhaust to a variety of toxins found in household cleaners. But fortunately, our exposure to these chemicals is typically in relatively safe amounts and for very brief periods of time.

Beware the onset of hypothermia when working out in the cold

By its very nature, construction work requires being exposed to the elements. After all, when you work on a construction site, you are building the structures that others will use to protect themselves from the heat, cold, snow, wind and rain. And as we proceed through the winter months, construction workers must be cognizant of the hazards that cold weather can bring.

What can I do if my job is contributing to my depression?

Everyone has the occasional bad day at work and stress is an inherent part of most jobs. As such, it is not unusual for a worker to feel down or anxious from time to time. But if your job is seriously impacting your emotional well-being and mental health, it is very important to have the matter addressed. If you are experiencing work-related depression or anxiety, you should consider the condition as being as serious as a physical injury.

Work environments may subject workers to unknown carcinogens

Cancer is not really a single disease, but rather a group of diseases. A common trait of these diseases is that they all cause the spread and uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. But each kind of cancer can have its own possible causes. There are a variety of factors that could contribute to the development of a specific type of cancer. These factors could interact in ways that have yet to be explained by medical science and can include such things as genetics, diet, personal habits, age, race, and sex.

Occupational asthma can develop extremely quickly

Perhaps you believe that if you weren't born with asthma, you will never have to worry about suffering from its symptoms. Unfortunately, it is possible to develop asthma at any point in your life. And you are all the more vulnerable if you work in an environment that exposes you to such elements as mold, chemicals, dust or even plants and animals.

Chemical exposure can lead to occupational skin diseases

If someone asked you to name the largest human organ, what would be your answer? If you said the lungs, intestines or some other internal part, you would be wrong. Believe it or not, your skin is your largest organ. And while you may not think of your skin as performing organ-like tasks, it is responsible for such functions as temperature control, vitamin D synthesis and tactile sensation.

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