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Is Your Employer Protecting Your Lungs?

When you work in an environment that contains dust and allergens that are potentially toxic to your health, you may not even realize the health consequences that will show up down the road. This is especially true if your employer is neglecting the responsibility to provide the proper equipment to keep you from breathing in such hazardous dust and debris.

Many jobs that involved direct contact with dust such as in the building industry also requires workers are protected with breathing masks and properly ventilated areas. If employers are ignoring the health risks of contaminated dust, you may pay the ultimate price. Lung disease is a common development for those working in and around hazardous materials when the dust and fumes are inhaled regularly such as the case with coal miners and black lung.

While many employers are very careful about toxic dusts and protecting workers, many workers also have a responsibility to ensure they properly wear the equipment provided. Many workers that have been on the job for a lot of years may dismiss the importance of protecting their health and will choose to not wear the proper equipment. For this reason it is important for management to provide training seminars and education that reinforce the work environment hazards and the importance of protective equipment.

It is important to keep up to date on the safety risks on the job and pay attention in the safety training seminars. If you are working in an area with a lot of dust and are unsure whether it contains toxins affecting your lungs and overall health, you must wear the proper protection and monitor your health with your medical provider.

If you have already been diagnosed with a lung disease or a chronic respiratory illness and suspect it is due to your work environment, contact our office for a free consultation. You can reach us toll free at 888-799-3918 or use our online contact form for more information.

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