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Emergency workers aren't immune to depression and suicide

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.

Tobacco exposure at work can lead to health issues

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.

Reducing the risk of contact hazards in hospital settings

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.

You only have so much control over your work environment

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.

Silica dust poses a significant hazard to workers

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.

Workplace illnesses come in many forms and many industries

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.

Could your job have caused your cancer?

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.

Helping Pennsylvania workers with illnesses and injuries

Pennsylvania workers who develop medical conditions due to their occupations will usually have the ability to seek compensation to pay for their medical care. They can also seek money to pay for time spent unable to work and other kinds of benefits depending on the nature and extent of their injuries and/or illnesses.

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