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December 2015 Archives

Toxic exposure in the health care field

Oklahoma workers in the medical field have the right to have their health protected as they care for the health of others. Although the dangers to medical workers from blood borne pathogens are common knowledge, it may be less known that a health care workplace contains any number of dangerous and toxic substances. If they are used or stored improperly, then there may be a real risk to the health of all employees exposed to them.

Staying safe at work in the winter

The winter months tend to present a unique set of challenges to employers and employees in Oklahoma. Cold temperatures, slippery conditions and an increase in customer traffic may increase the risk of injury to workers. However, there are no excuses for allowing a worker to suffer an injury on the job regardless of how cold it may be or how many orders need to be fulfilled.

Dangers for microwave popcorn, flavorings plant workers

Some Oklahoma workers in plants that make microwave popcorn or flavorings may be vulnerable to a type of lung disease known as obliterative bronchiolitis. This disease causes scarring of small airways in the lungs. Shortness of breath during exertion and a cough without phlegm are symptoms of the disease, but in some cases, a mild cough may be the only symptom.

Employers need to protect workers during holiday sales

Black Friday is the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, and retailers in Oklahoma and across the country likely had strategies to protect their employees from the big crowds that will be flowing in and out of their stores. To help businesses keep their workers safe, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers safety guidelines for large sales events.

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