Lung disease is a serious problem for adults in the United States with approximately 10 million adults diagnosed with chronic bronchitis each year. Additionally, about 25 million people in the U.S. live with asthma. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can occur when a person has been inhaling mineral dusts, metal fumes, dusts associated with wood grains, chemical gases, or diesel fumes. Often, inhaling these fumes can occur at work and the job site should implement safety measures, such as ventilation and masks to minimize exposure.
Raise Awareness about Lung Health
October is National Healthy Lung month to raise awareness about the escalation of lung disease in the United States. Many people may focus on the weather and other irritants outside the home when thinking about pulmonary health, but the reality is that many lung irritants are in the workplace.
Common pulmonary irritants that are most often found indoors include:
- Formaldehyde: This can be emitted from pressed wood furniture and carpets in the workplace
- Vapors from cleaning agents
- Fire retardants
Outdoor pollutants that can come into the workplace include:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
Ways to Reduce Lung Irritants in the Workplace
There are certain ways to reduce lung irritants in the workplace to ensure healthy air quality for all workers, which include:
- Testing for Radon: Radon is a gas which cannot be detected and emits from the ground. It is odorless and colorless, and it is the leading cause of lung cancer today.
- Educating about Cleaning Products: Fragrances in cleaning products and air fresheners can actually damage the lungs. Choosing products that are fragrance-free and eliminate air fresheners can help. Opting for other natural air fresheners, such as charcoal and essential oils, are recommended.
- Knowing Your Vacuum: A HEPA filter vacuum can reduce many allergens and get rid of chemical build-up in the workplace. Using a microfiber mop will soak up any leftover particles. Additionally, if there is lead dust in the workplace, these methods will help reduce it.
- Becoming Plant-Friendly: Putting plants around the office area can help purify the air and remove toxins.
When a person is injured at work or becomes sick as a result of inhaling lung irritants in the workplace, they could be entitled to Workers’ Compensation. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, injured workers could be entitled to other benefits or legal damages.
Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Employees Injured Due to Workplace Illnesses
If you were injured at work, the Wilmington Workers’ Compensation lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can assess the facts of your situation and obtain the benefits you rightfully deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-888-1221. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Dover, Newark, and Middletown.