Toxic Workplace

In an article by Dr. Holly Lucille, N.D., environmental toxins are brought up as a common health issue. Every day, workers all over the world are exposed to health threatening substances in plastics, pesticides, car exhaust, soaps, emulsifiers, health and beauty aids, household cleaning products and foods.

Your workplace exposure could increase the level of toxic substances, especially in older buildings which have not been properly maintained. Newer building built with toxic chemicals and that are constructed so tightly that insufficient fresh air is introduced into the building with poor ventilation, leaving allergens and irritants trapped inside. New installations, carpet, wall coverings, paint or construction can all heighten problems with VOCs. Toxic mold thriving in cool, damp, dark places behind walls and under carpeting. Construction products such as finishes, heavy duty cleaners, paints, thinners, dry cleaning fluids, some copiers and printers, some glues and adhesives, markers, and photo solutions are among some of the common office products that emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC).

This can be further amplified in atrium style buildings or buildings with interior water features, if inadequate care results in mold issues. Dander, molds, and dust mites are carried by animals and people into and throughout buildings. Occupational allergies are common. Many articles are written on “Sick Building Syndrome” and “Occupational Asthma.” where people have symptoms including watery eyes, runny nose, headaches, dizziness, nausea and tightening sensation in the chest. Most of these symptoms are that they have a distinct pattern of getting worse at work and improving on vacations or weekends.

Malfunctioning, inappropriate, or inefficient use of heating devices can produce irritating pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide at harmful levels. Formaldehyde exposure is widespread and found in resins in finishes, plywood, paneling, fiberboard and particleboard, and in some backings and adhesives for carpets. Common sources, such as malfunctioning, inappropriate, or inefficient use of heating devices, can produce irritating pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide at harmful levels. Formaldehyde exposure is widespread and found in resins in finishes, plywood, paneling, fiberboard and particleboard, and in some backings and adhesives for carpets.

Biological air pollutants like dander, molds, and dust mites are carried by animals and people into and throughout buildings. Scents and hairsprays, construction products such as finishes, heavy duty cleaners, paints, thinners, dry cleaning fluids, some copiers and printers, some glues and adhesives, markers, and photo solutions are among some of the common office products that emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC). New installations, carpet, wall coverings, paint or construction can all heighten problems with VOCs.

Bring a hepa or ionic style air purifier to work, keep area free of dust and clutter, increase your intake of pure water and increase your intake of antioxidants can aid your body in its ability to fight the toxins. In addition, speak with your company OSHA representative if the problem is too bad.

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One Response to “Toxic Workplace”

  1. Joe Says:

    Incredible points. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the great work.Joe aka tuskaley.

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