Workers Getting Sick From Their Work Environment
What is an Occupational Disease?
Occupational diseases occur when a worker gets sick from something in their work environment they are exposed to. This ailment is proven to be occupationally related if it is more prevalent in a body of workers at the same place, than in other working populations.
Controlling occupational health hazards will help prevent or at least decrease occupational diseases that can be attributed to faulty work conditions. Also, by helping improve work conditions, the health and the morale of the work force is improved and there is less absenteeism.
Work efficiency and morale is greatly increased by eliminating occupational hazards in the workplace, despite the cost to do so.
Common Occupational Diseases
- Hearing Loss
- Tennis Elbow
- Exposure to asbestos
Things That Cause Occupational Diseases
- Heavy lifting
- Noisy and loud work environment
- Repetitive work movements
- Work around hazardous substances
Recognition of Occupational Disease
In many cases, if you can have adequate documentation that the disease came from your work environment, then you can get compensation for it. Usually, if what you have is on the list and it coincides with your work environment, then you will be accepted for compensation. If your symptoms are not on the list, but they can be proven to come from your work environment, and the Occupational Disease Committee approves it, then you may receive compensation.
Hazard Control & Monitoring
Today’s occupational health services have developed a complex system to monitor and control known hazards in the workplace. This most often has to do with monitoring toxic substances and their concentration and exposure levels.
Occupational health services also plays a major role in helping to detect new toxic substances, as well as studying causal relationships between toxic exposure and sickness and mortality in groups of workers. Some examples of this may include lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Treatment of Occupational Diseases
Most often, occupational disease treatment occurs with occupational lung disease. Several factors are involved in how and what kind of treatments will be used by your physician.
- Extent and type of lung disease
- Your specific tolerance for certain medications and therapies
- Your age, medical history and overall health
- Your opinion and preference
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