It is much easier for others to track what we do and say in the digital age. Whether it is a GPS route to Bucks County or a parent monitoring her child's social media accounts, technology records it. Insurance carriers and employers are getting into the act by offering up to a $2,000 discount in healthcare premiums to employees who wear fitness tracking devices like Fitbit to document achieving certain health goals by measuring heart rate, sleep habits and blood pressure. Common goals include 10,000 steps a day.
The opioid epidemic is an economic and health crisis here in Pennsylvania. Now the Wolf Administration has become involved by introducing new guidelines for prescribing the drugs to injured workers on workers' compensation. The idea is to prevent workers with chronic pain or acute pain due to injury from becoming addicted to powerful drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin.
Some people think that being an emergency medical technician or paramedic is a fun job. While it might be fun, it's also challenging and hard both on the body and the spirit. The men and women who respond to emergencies see some sights that no human should ever have to see.
Workers are sometimes exposed to tobacco smoke. While there are some businesses that rely on customers coming in who want to smoke while they are eating or taking care of business, this is a huge risk to the employees who are subjected to it shift after shift. Fortunately, Pennsylvania passed Act 27 of 2008, which is known as The Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA). This sets specific requirements to keep indoor spaces free from tobacco smoke contamination.
People who work in hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices face hazards each day they go into the work. The risk of catching a communicable disease or illness is pretty high. This is one of the reasons why many health care facilities require nurses and other workers to have vaccinations during the course of their employment.
Staying healthy while you work is something that you only have limited control over, especially if there are hazardous substances in your workplace. One of the issues that you might find comes up is that you can't really control your exposure to certain substances. Even if you have proper safety gear, accidents can still happen.
Workers who are exposed to silica are at risk of a condition known as silicosis. This condition is caused when the worker inhales crystalline silica. Some of the workers who are impacted by this condition include those in the construction, masonry, steel and various types of mining industries.
One in four people in the United States have some sort of mental illness. After heart disease, mental illness is most common cause of disability and absenteeism.
A workplace illness is often far different than a traditional workplace injury. With an injury, there may be a direct event in which you were hurt -- a sliding door falls and breaks your leg, for example. You know exactly what happened, the injury is instantly clear, and it's easier to figure out what damages are then linked to that injury.
Suffering from on-the-job injuries is often a big concern for those employed in the Pennsylvania workforce. As such, workers are often careful to practice safety while performing their duties. Of course, attention to safety is a healthy way to approach a job. However, workers must also consider the impact their jobs can have on their overall health. Workplace illnesses, including cancer, can also pose a risk to Pennsylvania workers.