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Coronavirus patients may end up with long-term health problems

Many individuals here in Pennsylvania find themselves on edge as they wait for government officials to find a way to stop the spread of coronavirus. Some of the individuals that are most eager to see this happen are health care workers who find themselves on the front line dealing with sickly patients. Many are at risk of developing permanent impairments if they contract the virus.

How does stress adversely impact workers?

Do you have a stressful job? If so, then the way that you feel could be adversely impacting your health. A recent Psychosomatic Medicine journal article captured how individuals who hold down demanding jobs are 45% more likely to become diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than others with less stressful careers. Other studies show that stress adversely affects workers in many other ways too.

What you need to know about Legionnaires' Disease

If you work in a large office building that has a water system or where your bosses regularly run a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit, then you'll want to listen up. This equipment could be releasing a harmful bacteria known as Legionella into the water or air making you sick.

How should employers help with workers' mental health concerns?

Mental health is a real concern, especially among workers employed in certain industries. Depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns can adversely impact a worker's on-the-job performance and result in absenteeism. This is why employers must remain vigilant for negative employee behaviors. They can help their employees get the help that they need if they notice them early on.

How to avoid frostbite when working outdoors in Pennsylvania

Even though the temperatures have dropped significantly in Pennsylvania, it doesn't mean that all outdoor projects will be put on hold. Construction crews will still operate, postal carriers will still deliver mail and emergency services personnel will still respond to incidents. All of these professions and more will still have to endure the elements during the winter months in Pennsylvania, so here are some tips for avoiding frostbite if you have to work outdoors.

Stone countertop manufacturers may be cutting their lives short

Granite, marble and other stone countertop workers are experiencing declining health and are suffering premature deaths at an alarming rate. This shocking finding was highlighted in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article published late last month. The journal is the publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Unions fight for health and safety protections for public workers

Pennsylvania union workers and their representatives lobbied the General Assembly last month to pass both Senate Bill 464 and House Bill 1082. They did so in the hope of motivating state lawmakers to extend the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) protections to its over 577,000 public workers. Right now, only private-sector employees are afforded such protections.

The University of Pennsylvania counseling head takes his life

A 52-year-old man jumped from the 17th floor of the Center City building in downtown Philadelphia on Sept. 9. The 6:40 a.m. incident, which occurred at the 100 South Broad Street residential building, claimed his life. The medical examiner's officer have ruled his death as a suicide. The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has since identified the decedent as the head of their Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

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