In certain industries, Missouri workers may still be at risk for asbestos exposure. The U.S. has no general ban on asbestos, and more than 100 countries continue to use this toxic mineral. Previous estimates have placed the annual number of asbestos-related deaths throughout the world to between 105,000 and 110,000. However, a study from the International Commission of Occupational Health shows that the real number is much higher.
According to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, not enough is being done to protect coal mining workers from black lung disease. The report, called 'Monitoring and Sampling Approaches to Assess Underground Coal Mine Dust Exposures," suggests ways that miners can be further protected beyond that lax standards in place as of 2018. For miners in Missouri and beyond, the rising rate of black lung is a major concern.
Workers who are exposed to hot temperatures can experience negative health consequences whether they work indoors or outdoors. Missouri employers and others should take steps to help their employees stay safe while exposed to hot temperatures. For instance, workers should be encouraged to drink water and eat snacks while on the job. Water can help keep the body cool while the snacks can replace electrolytes lost through sweat.
From 2004 to 2016, there were more than 640,000 cases of insect-borne illnesses, including Zika fever, dengue fever, plague and Lyme disease. Between those two years, the number of such cases more than tripled. This is according to a report published in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents should be of interests to outdoor workers in Missouri.
No matter what line of work they are in, many Missouri employees are required to use a computer or digital device as part of their job. Unfortunately, frequent use of a computer screen can cause a medical condition known as computer vision syndrome, or CVS.
Workplace accidents claim the lives of over 1,000 people and injure over 500 every day around the world. They also put a burden on companies and insurers, costing hundreds of billions of dollars every year in the U.S. alone. Employers and workplace safety managers alike in Missouri may be wondering, then, what they can do to protect their employees. This is where a software startup in Iowa comes in.
Burn injuries are a serious risk for Missouri employers who are working in the oil and gas industry. While most employers do everything they can to keep workers safe, fires can and do occur, often resulting in serious and even fatal injuries.
Missouri workers are likely to have an increased risk of developing heart disease if they work in a noisy workplace. This is according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that shows loud noises in the workplace is linked to high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Workplace safety numbers from fiscal year 2016 show that trench- excavation-related deaths have nearly doubled over the previous five years. Federal officials have responded by putting increased emphasis on trench safety awareness and enforcement of existing regulations during the current fiscal year. Missouri construction workers should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires implementation of specific safety procedures whenever work requires excavation or working in trenches.
Missouri employers and employees should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has pushed back the enforcement date of beryllium standards to May 11. The agency's final rule on beryllium standards was published in January 2017, and enforcement was originally scheduled to begin on March 12.