October is Healthy Lung Month
October 25, 2019
When thinking of issues that can arise in the workplace, air quality may be among the problems least discussed. October is Healthy Lung Month, so it is important to monitor the air quality at your workplace and take safety precautions that can prevent potential illnesses. Be mindful that the air quality at your job may be more harmful to your lungs than you might realize. Poor air quality can have dramatically adverse effects on your health. Be wary of irritation to your eyes, throat, and nose, and if you suffer any allergic reactions, nausea, or fatigue. Workers may also suffer poor performance and productivity and may possibly lose income if they fall ill.
If you suffer from asthma and it is triggered in the workplace, or if your pre-existing asthma worsens, then it is considered work-related asthma. Poor air quality is a serious issue that all employers are obligated to address. The health and safety of their employees should always be top priority. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment.
Health Issues Due to Poor Air Quality
Several health issues can arise from poor air quality in the workplace, including:
- Poor ventilation. This is a common occurrence in the workplace, yet it is an issue that is always overlooked. Workers at an automobile service shop can breathe in exhaust fumes without proper ventilation, even office furniture or new carpeting can be a source of formaldehyde.
- Inspect your workspace. It is important that the building you are working in has routine safety and health inspections, particularly in older buildings. Asbestos exposure is widely known to be a leading cause of mesothelioma and other lung cancers and illnesses.
- Work-related asthma. Asthma can be triggered by certain allergens or chemicals and is also affected by humidity and temperature.
- Lung diseases. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and interstitial lung disease can also occur from breathing in hazardous chemicals or airborne substances, such as metal shavings, wood dust, diesel fumes, and chemical vapors.
There are certain steps employers can take to ensure the safety of their workers, such as installing proper ventilation systems, relocating chemicals and other hazards, or providing respirators and other safety equipment. If you are suffering breathing issues in the workplace or believe you may be exposed to poor ventilation and poor air quality, seek medical assistance right away and contact your employer.
Vineland Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Fight for Those Suffering from Poor Air Quality in the Workplace
Being exposed to poor air quality is a dangerous situation, whether you are at home or at work. If you have been diagnosed with asthma or are suffering from a work-related illness, contact the Vineland Workers’ Compensation lawyers at DiTomaso Law today. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call us at 856-414-0010 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Mt. Holly, Camden County, and Vineland.
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