Essay about Occupational Health

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Occupational Health can be related to everyone in individuals’ lives. Occupational Health refers to identifying physical, chemical hazards that are present in the workplace in order to create a safer work environment for individuals (Friis, 2006). Diseases that come from injuries in the workplace are called Occupational Diseases. Occupational Diseases are the outcomes of exposure to general conditions or specific hazards from the work environment. The health hazards in the work place can cause possible risks through toxic chemicals, fumes and dusts, high noise levels, ionizing & nonionizing radiation, high temperatures, biohazards and stress which can be classified under psychological & social hazards (Friis, 2006).The significance and …show more content…
One particular disease that sparks my interest was Mad Hatter’s Disease. In Lewis Carroll’s work Alice in Wonderland, the term mad hatter’s disease is linked to the book in 1865(Friis, 2006). Carroll created the mad hatter as crazy character in the story. The character and phase mad as a hatter has some truth to it. One period, a solution that contained mercury was applied during the method of converting fur into the felt that was used to make hats (Friis, 2006). Mad Hatter’s Disease is a type of mercury poisoning that affected workers through mercury fumes in poor ventilated rooms. The symptoms of Mad Hatter’s Disease was memory loss, depression, personality change, hallucination, loss of sensation, lack of coordination, anxiety, slurred speech, loss of hearing and tremors. The Morbidity and Mortality reported and stated that “At the beginning of this century [the 20th century], workers in the US faced remarkably high health and safety risk on the job” (Friis, 2006). Two significant events set a precedent for creating reforms and programs for the workplace, which were Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire and Gauley Bridge Disaster. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire took 146 women lives. The incident took place March 25, 1911 in New York City on a Saturday afternoon. Usually on a typical day, the bosses would lock the doors and stairwells so the women could not leave their station and/or sewing machine. The fire

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