Asbestos is a material that is used in a variety of products. While it is not found as prominently as it once was, the risk of being exposed to it while on the job is still fairly high in certain fields of employment. Unfortunately, long-term exposure can negatively effect one's health, possibly resulting in mesothelioma -- a form of cancer. When a California resident suffers a workplace illness such as this, he or she may access work comp benefits, which would allow him or her to access medical care and continue to receive financial support while unable to work.
It is not uncommon for people to get sick as direct result of their jobs. A workplace illness can be a very serious thing, but proving one's illness is work-related can be difficult. However, if it is possible, employees in California may be entitled to utilize workers' compensation benefits in order to assist with their care and recovery.
Employees in California and elsewhere may be exposed to a number of toxic substances while on the job. Toxic mold, for example, can be found in buildings that are not properly maintained, or through coming in contact with it by those offering remediation services -- among other ways. The exposure to toxic mold can cause a number of adverse health problems. If that contact comes at one's place of employment or as a result of one's job duties, workers' compensation benefits may be utilized when seeking medical treatment for a workplace illness and to cover wages during care and recovery.
A lot of information is going around about the Zika virus. The rate at which it is spreading is constantly being relayed on the news, causing quite a bit of alarm. For those who work outdoors, whether in California or elsewhere, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a warning about how to protect employees from this potential workplace illness.
California employers are once again reminded of the dangers of extreme heat. Exposure to heat can cause a workplace illness that could be fatal. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said employers must not be complacent about the threats of heat exhaustion; rather, they must ensure that a written plan for heat illness prevention is available to employees.
Although the California workers' compensation system covers occupational injuries and illnesses, claiming benefits for the latter can be complicated. The primary reason may be the fact that a workplace injury is typically caused by an actual incident that can be identified, and a workplace illness may only become evident after months of exposure to hazardous conditions. Fortunately, help is available in navigating benefits claims for occupational illnesses.
California workers who spend long hours working in the outdoors are exposed to more than just the danger of heat exhaustion. Another workplace illness outdoor workers will be exposed to this summer is infection by the Zika virus. This virus is borne by mosquitos and can be transmitted sexually.
California workers -- especially those working outside -- are extremely vulnerable during the summer months. Heat illness can be fatal, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that one worker has already lost his life to this workplace illness this year. The agency urges workers to keep a lookout for symptoms of heat illness in fellow workers.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that settlements were reached in two lawsuits that farm workers filed against the agency in 2009 and 2012. Cal/OSHA was accused of failing to monitor farm owners' compliance with safety regulations, thereby leaving farm workers extremely vulnerable. Going forward, Cal/OSHA will consistently carry out effective and timely inspections of farms on which workers are exposed to outdoor conditions that may pose workplace illness hazards.
Summer is now just a couple of months away. Given this, there are many summer preparations Californians may be starting to make, like making summer vacation plans or planning what sorts of outdoor activities they and their family will be doing over the summer.