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August 2016 Archives

Workplace computer time can cause eye problems

Many Oklahoma employees are required to use a computer at work. While computers are a convenient tool, there are health hazards associated with spending too much time in front of one. Carpal tunnel syndrome is perhaps the best-known computer-related health hazard, but individuals may also develop "computer vision syndrome" as a result of staring at a screen for too long.

With Zika here, employers must keep mosquitos away

Oklahoma residents may have heard the news about the Zika virus spreading to the continental United States. In July, four people in the Miami area contracted Zika after being bitten by local mosquitoes. Before the Florida cases, it was only found in South America and the Caribbean, and Americans were only believed to be at risk for Zika if they traveled to those areas.

The financial cost of workplace accidents

Work injuries in Oklahoma cost employees and their families in lost working hours and medical bills. Employers also lose money from the lost productivity that can result from workplace accidents. According to data that was gathered in 2013 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers lost almost $62 billion due to serious workplace accidents.

Indoor air quality, mold and safety in the workplace

In Oklahoma and elsewhere across the nation, employees who work in buildings that are subject to high humidity levels or dampness from water leaks or flooding may want to be aware of the health risks that could be exacerbated by poor indoor air quality or mold. According to an article published by the National Safety Council on July 24, research studies show that asthma, bronchitis, rhinosinusitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and other respiratory symptoms and infections are associated with exposure to these factors. These findings have been noted in a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health alert.

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