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What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Fuel is burned in nearly any situation in which we use fire or natural gas power, from running our vehicles to heating our homes and workplaces. When an area isn’t properly ventilated where fuel is burning, you and other Iowa residents may be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What is “take-home” toxic exposure?

When you go to work in Iowa, your workplace may expose you to toxic chemicals. If so, you face a high risk of taking these toxins home with you on your skin, hair, clothing and shoes. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, when these toxins invade your home and build up on your floors, furniture and in the air you and your family breathes, they can harm your family members, particularly your children.

What is arsenic poisoning?

You usually do not expect to encounter arsenic while performing your job in Iowa. Sometimes, though, you may be exposed to this toxin at work. It is important to recognize the signs of arsenic poisoning so you can seek treatment.

Are firefighters vulnerable to toxic exposure?

Firefighters risk their lives to protect others from structural fires and wildfires. As you might expect, they can be killed fighting fires if they inhale smoke, are burned or are crushed by objects. However, you and other Iowa residents may not anticipate the long-term risks that these courageous men and women also face from exposure to toxins – not just smoke – that are released by fires.

What do you need to know about your workplace’s MSDS?

Whether you work in an office or a factory, chances are likely that your place of employment has an MSDS. Officially known as the Material Safety Data Sheet, this document provides vital information on the different types of hazardous chemicals that are used in Iowa workplaces.

Toxic exposure at work: what you should know

One or more workers in an Iowa factory begin to complain of dizziness, abdominal pain and difficulty breathing. The onset seems sudden and unexplainable. A supervisor starts to wonder whether the virus his kids had last week has come to his workplace. He sends the workers to the on-call nurse's office just before noticing a faint hint of chemicals in the air.

Does your profession place you at risk for work-related cancer?

If you work in an Iowa environment that exposes you to radiation or certain types of chemicals, dusts or industrial processes, you may have valid concerns about whether your job places you at risk for work-related cancer. Science and many studies suggest a clear link between workplace factors such as these and several different forms of cancer, and while many companies have adopted safety measures and precautions over time to alleviate risks, some remain, and others are likely not yet identified.

Signs of toxic gases in confined spaces

There are a number of ways Iowa workers can be exposed to toxic gases. One common location is within a confined space. According to OSHA, confined spaces in worksites can include places like solos, manholes, ducts, tunnels, pits, tanks, pipelines, among others. Any of these locations can be subject to atmospheric problems, including the presence of toxic gases.

What can employers do to control workplace chemical hazards?

If your Iowa work environment exposes you to certain types of chemical hazards, you may have some idea about how this can elevate your cancer risk and negatively impact your overall health. While workers in many different professions experience some level of risk when it comes to work-related hazards, your level of danger tends to increase if you regularly work around dust, fibers, fumes or hazardous chemicals.

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