Millions of Americans have health hazardous jobs. Are you one of them? Studies show that going to the office can be bad for your health. Nine-eight percent of American workers are affected by minor illnesses each year and many of them become ill due to office germs. Hostile work environments with negative bosses or coworkers can be emotionally draining.
Many employees also experience stress, migraines, and other aches and pains due to their jobs. While these work health issues are typical of many jobs, there are certain occupations that have more serious health hazards.
There are millions of Americans who are susceptible to injuries and accidents due to their jobs. Some even risk their lives.
Listed below are a few negative health factors that make jobs so dangerous, as well as a few Mindful suggestions for better health.
Many jobs in the U.S. require workers to handle hazardous chemicals. This includes manicurists, dry cleaners, and custodial workers. Millions of Americans are in constant contact with these chemicals, which can lead to health hazards. Constant exposure to nail polish and remover can cause headaches, nausea, and irritated eyes. Harsh dry cleaning solvents can lead to impaired memory and kidney damage. To mindfully improve your health, whether or not you work with harsh chemicals, it’s important to get plenty of fresh air. Open a window or a vent. Also, consider taking frequent outdoor walks.
Injuries and Deaths in Line-of-Duty
Our society needs police officers, soldiers, and firefighters; fortunately, countless brave men and women risk their lives and take these jobs. There are also many jobs that lead to injury. Construction laborers, material movers, nursing aides, carpenters, and miners are just a few occupations that lead to serious injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 79,000 laborers and movers experience occupational injuries per year. Nearly 45,000 nursing aides experience occupational injuries per year and 34,180 construction laborers experience occupational injuries. To prevent injuries at dangerous jobs become familiar with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Other tips for preventing injuries, include staying active, staying mentally, and practicing meditation before work to improve your concentration.
Desk jobs are usually not as exciting as being a firefighter and don’t require as much physical labor as construction workers, but they do come with their own health hazards. Constantly typing on a keyboard can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and staring at a computer screen can lead to eye problems. In fact, studies have found that 50 to 90 percent of people who work in front of a computer screen have eye problems. Fortunately, frequent breaks from your computer screen can improve your health. Also consider partaking in office exercises like yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates to relax your muscles. And don’t forget to exercise your brain with these helpful apps.
Sleep deprivation and fatigue are common health hazards that are experienced by many American workers. Fatigue is especially common among truck drivers. In fact, truck drivers reportedly only get 3.8 to 4.8 hours of sleep per day, far below the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep. Many medical workers who help patients in the emergency rooms all night long are also fatigued and sleep deprived due to the disruption in their schedule. Fatigue and sleep deprivation can lead to concentration problems, irritable moods, and dangerous accidents. If you are also fatigued there are Mindful solutions to consider. Having a quiet sleeping environment is key. So, if your family is rowdy during your sleep time, it’s important to talk to your family and ask for their support.