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Is asbestos still a threat in the modern workplace?

As an employer in Iowa, you expect that your environment is not going to cause you harm. However, asbestos is a continued potential threat in the workplace. What should you know about asbestos? How could potential asbestos exposure affect you?

Many believe that asbestos has been "banned", and this is true to an extent. According to Chemistry World, the original ban on asbestos was overturned in 1991. Asbestos is still not used often in the United States, though. This is due in part to the billions of dollars that have been paid out from asbestos litigation.

The 4 main hazards of scaffolding

When you are working in the construction industry, you are likely to be working on a scaffold some or most of the time. They can be useful in building and repairing, as there are many types of scaffolding, but they can also pose a great danger to the individuals standing on them.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, scaffolds accounted for 14 percent of fatal falls. This does not count the number of falls that resulted in non-fatal injury, which could increase the percentage dramatically. Why are scaffolds so dangerous? What are the main hazards that construction workers face when using scaffolds?

Understand the dangers of lead poisoning

Iowa residents may easily come into contact with toxic substances while they perform their jobs. One hazard people may encounter on the job is lead.

People may be more likely to encounter lead if they perform certain kinds of work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people might be around lead if they are a construction worker or repair vehicles. This is because there may be lead in paint or in plastic pipes. Shipbuilders, police officers and welders may also encounter lead as they do their jobs. Additionally, people who smelt or refine lead are often around this substance. People might sometimes experience inadvertent lead exposure. Artists, for example, may use materials that have lead as they create artwork.  

The trucking industry continues to wrestle with health concerns

The stock market has been rocky lately, but the job market is still tight and many companies continue to struggle to find enough skilled workers to fulfill their needs. One of the worst shortages is in the trucking industry. The freight consulting firm FTR Transportation Intelligence reports the strong economy and a torrid demand for hauling freight has left the U.S. in need of nearly 300,000 commercial truck drivers.

How depression impacts your body and mind

Iowa residents who have suffered through a traumatic event such as an accident, the loss of a loved one, traumatic injury, or abuse may suffer from physical injury. They may also suffer from mental injuries, which can be just as traumatic. Depression is common among survivors, and it can have a deep impact on a person's life.

Medical News Today takes a look at the physical effects of depression on the body. Some issues include:

  • Insomnia or fatigue
  • Headaches or chronic pain
  • Weight gain, loss, or nausea
  • Inflammation and increased cardiovascular risks
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Keep anxiety at bay in the office

Many Iowa residents may find it difficult to cope in their workplace when they have anxiety. There are ways people can manage their anxiety so they can get through every work day.

Some people may find it easier to manage their condition if they know their limits. According to, people might sometimes say "yes" whenever their supervisor asks if they can take on an additional task. If work is already overwhelming, though, taking on more work may not always be feasible, particularly if a supervisor asks someone to perform a new task. It is a good idea for people know when taking on a new assignment might be one thing too many. People may want to ask questions about the task and their supervisor's expectations so they know whether they really can manage a new task on top of other assignments. Additionally, it can be beneficial for people to create good relationships with their colleagues. This may help them be more comfortable talking to their colleagues when problems arise.

The Trucker Shortage and Its Impact On Truckers' Health

America continues to experience a significant shortage of commercial truckers. As many as 300,000 more drivers are needed to meet the increased demand. Our law firm recently published a SlideShare examining this shortage and its negative impact on the health of truckers who are being asked to push themselves harder.

How common is violence against nurses?

As someone who works as a nurse in an Iowa health care setting, you may have firsthand knowledge of just how common violence against nurses has become in recent years. Chances are, you got into the nursing field because you had an innate desire to help others, but violent patients may be making it increasingly difficult to perform your typical job duties.

Managed Care reports that violent acts against nurses are so common currently that about 20 percent of all nursing students and registered nurses across the country have experienced it in their place of employment or study. While physical violence is common in health care settings, verbal abuse is also, with more than half of today’s nursing students and registered nurses experiencing workplace verbal abuse or assault each year.

Lyme disease is still a mystery to many doctors

With the cold upon us, tick season is considered over for many residents of Iowa and elsewhere. However, as we at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., are aware, people with Lyme disease can suffer from this mysterious illness throughout the year. If you work in an industry that puts you at risk of exposure to ticks, you may be interested in reading this post.

As Harvard Health Publishing explains, Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by the bite of the deer tick, a common pest that has been found in all 50 states. Not all people who have Lyme disease exhibit the bulls-eye rash that is considered a common indicator of the illness. In fact, many symptoms of Lyme disease are vague and resemble the symptoms of other illnesses and conditions, which can further complicate your diagnosis and treatment if you suspect you have this disease.

Your eyes might be the most susceptible to injury while at work

When it comes to workplace injuries, you can say that the eyes have it. Half of all on-the-job accidents that occur in the United States involve eye injuries. It is estimated that around 2,000 workers go for medical treatment regarding their eyes each day.

According to ophthalmologists, 90 percent of eye injuries in the work place can be prevented through eye protection and eye safety education. Better eye safety can be crucial as workplace eye injuries are causing over $300 million in lost productivity each year.

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