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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.

Roundup weed killer: a deadly danger

Farmers and agricultural workers in Iowa should be aware that Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, may cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer. As reported earlier this year by the Mercury News, there are now over 700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto throughout the country.

Do respirators fully protect people from toxic exposure?

Toxic exposure in the workplace is an unavoidable risk in many Iowa occupations, and your protective equipment is usually intended to mitigate that risk to the greatest degree possible. However, the properties of various professional hazards warrant the careful implementation of masks, breathing apparatus or respirators appropriate to your specific situation. To understand what your safety gear may or may not be reasonably assumed to do, it is often useful to turn to the manufacturer for specific information.

The dark side of the nail salon industry

Many people in Iowa and elsewhere regularly visit nail salons to have beautifully designed nail extensions sculpted and lacquered on their fingers. While a clean and shiny manicure is often considered glamorous and professional, there is a price that many nail technicians pay when providing this service for their clients.

Gallner and Patterman Bookkeeper Honored With Sponsorship

It does not seem that there is anyone who can remain unaffected by cancer, and the people of Gallner and Pattermann, P.C. are no different. As their bookkeeper, Beth Roof, endures terminal lung cancer and enters hospice care, the firm has found a way to honor their beloved colleague. 

Are construction workers exposed to toxic chemicals?

If you are a construction worker in Iowa, you are likely concerned about the possibilities of falls and injuries, but there are other dangers of which you might be unaware. Construction sites are not normally thought of as a place for deadly toxic exposure, but the chemicals used in the equipment and materials can be a silent killer.

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