When you’re employed by a company, there’s a reasonable expectation that they will look out for your best interests. At the least, they have an obligation to provide a working environment that is free from dangers. This includes taking steps to prevent workplace accidents and also making every effort to avoid workplace illnesses. Granted, even the most diligent company can’t catch every potential danger that exists in the workplace. They might employ materials that are dangerous but not know because science hasn’t caught up yet.
When you think of workplace illnesses, the image that jumps to mind is probably one of a factory worker breathing in noxious fumes day in and day out, or a construction worker who's made to lift heavy machinery over and over again. But occupational illnesses take all sorts of forms and pop up anywhere, from coffee shops to the cubicle.
A lot of New Yorkers make their living working blue-collar jobs. These people are at high risk for occupational illness because they can be exposed to various dangers that may lead to long-term medical care.
When people think about workplace safety, they commonly refer to best practices for preventing injuries in dangerous working environments, such as mine shafts, construction sites, and warehouses. Conversations about workplace safety usually do not include environments where nano-materials are being used. However, as an increasing number of products include these materials, the importance of maintaining proper safety protocols becomes important.