Environmental issues that affect U.S. workers health

Hey everyone, Kobe here. It’s an honor to contribute to this website and be around an amazing group of people. Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

That being said let’s dig right into our topic of the day.  Environmental issues that can have an effect on U.S. workers health.  This is a subject I have been wanting to touch on for quite some time now because it’s dear to my heart.

I grew up in a working-class family.  The only thing they knew was how to be a wage earner and rely on a payroll check.  That was the life they grew up in and how their family taught them.  Naturally this what they passed downed to me and my siblings.

My parents did not understand the entrepreneurial life that I have dedicated myself to.  Nor did they believe it was a good idea.  They meant no harm by it was just so foreign to them, they couldn’t grasp why I would rather take my chances than settle for a safe payroll job.

To get back on track to our subject U.S. workers are affected by environmental issues on a daily basis.  Some matters have a larger consequence than others, but I believe we should still bring this topic out into the light.

In this post, I would like to tackle 4 subjects that I believe have been affecting our workers for decades.  Maybe if we can bring certain problems like this out of the darkness we can possibly save some people’s health.

Educating people is a great way to contribute to our society because there are a lot of people ignorant to environment problems. It’s definitely not a popular topic to discuss in the working class of America.

Ok, enough of my rants let’s dive into the content and hopefully I can get some feedback from you.

Change in climate

Climate Change

Working in extreme temperatures

One thing I always want to remember is the summer’s as a teenager when my father allowed me to work at his job site’s for that summer vacation spending money.  

Oh, how I regretted that shit.  He would ask me, “Are you sure you can hang?”  As a young healthy athlete that would endure double-session football practices in blazing summer heat replied, “Are you kidding me pops?”  Proceeding to show off my biceps in sarcasm.

Boy was I in for a treat.  Although I was a young healthy teenager most of us laborers did not understand the dangers of working in outrageous temperatures.  Little did I know there were people dying every year from heat exhaustion all over the country.

Check out this list of hazards while working out in the elements of our earth:

  • Working in high temperatures on a consistent basis can result in heat stress.  
  • Workers thrown into unfamiliar weather conditions may suffer from traumatic stress and impairment.  
  • Exposure to low temperatures can result in hypothermia and frostbite.

The main point I want to make about this section on working in extreme weather is all a part of global warming and is an issue we all should be aware of.

I know what you’re probably thinking.  What can I do to help this matter?  I’m just one person.  Well, that’s a lot more than most people ask so I’m really glad that is at least going through your mind.

I composed a list of different things we all can implement into our daily activities to help with global warming:

  1. Forward this blog to all of your Facebook friends to make them aware of global warming.
  2. High efficient light bulbs in your home to save energy.
  3. Research our forestry and how to save trees.  
  4. Recycle
  5. Carpool to reduce the pollution in our air.  Especially is you live in a valley where all of the bad air has nowhere to go.  

Handling Hazardous Substances

Hazardous Training

This is a big issue in the working world.  How corporations are handling hazardous materials and substances in a day to day operations.  More importantly, do theses corporations have safety procedures in place to protect employees?

Times have definitely changed out there.  Now more than ever corporations of all sizes have to be in compliance with federal and statewide laws on the handling of these dangerous materials.

Not that long ago you would go to work for a business and ask no questions about safety or environmental issues that could directly affect your health.  The reason for that is because most laborers were not aware of the hazards involved with their job description.

You would just do your work, pick up a paycheck and head home to your family.  No questions asked.  Unfortunately, many people have had to pay the ultimate price of ignorance.  In America, we are more educated on this issue so we can now step up and challenge our superiors about a dangerous situation or chemical hazard.

What is a hazardous substance or any way?  

A lot of us work around hazardous materials on a daily basis and if you’re not sure.  ASK!  to give you a definition of what a hazardous substance is this is what I came across.  Check out this link to get a clear meaning and come right back.

Understanding how substances can affect you.

The last thing you want to do is bring any hazardous substances back home with you.  Get educated on how to properly clean up after a shift of working with chemicals or any other type of these materials.

You will also want to know the proper protection to use while around hazardous substances.  This is something your employer should be educating you on.

There are many hazards that can affect your health either immediately or even years down the road.  Here are a few that I can come up with:

  • Lung disease
  • Loss of hearing
  • Skin diseases
  • Blood born viruses

These are just to name a few, but you should always be aware of hazards in your own workplace.  Like I mentioned earlier, many workers have contracted cancer and other diseases that either have killed them or placed them on permanent disability.

Working in bad air quality

Air Pollution

Central California’s Valley has been known for some of the United States worst air quality.  The bad part about this is we have hard working Americans that have to work in this environment on a daily basis.  

The San Joaquin Valley is surrounded by mountain sides and is has some of the most intense heat and fog known to man.  The heat and fog are a recipe for retention of air pollutants.  Not to mention the lack of airflow the valley receives.

This valley is home to over 3 million residents and also millions of other people passing through major highways that connect major cities of California.

At times, the air quality can be so severe that schools will shut down and advise to keep all children indoors.

Do you think businesses will ever advise such a thing?  Absolutely not.  No matter how bad the air can get, you will always find our working class hard at it to keep this great nation alive and well.

Okay so here are some best practices we all can be doing to help out air quality wherever you’re from:  

  • Burn your fireplace only on suggested days.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes or any other tobacco products.
  • Choose to drive eco-friendly vehicles.
  • Avoid idling your vehicle for a long period of time.  For example:  Avoid long drive through lines, Park your vehicle to pick up children from school.
  • If possible, use public transportation.
  • Join a carpool.

I understand that these practices have been shared with you before, but I believe they are worth repeating again and again.  Most of us want the best for our children and want them to grow up in a healthy environment, well these practices are for the future.

We all don’t have the luxury to be able to live on the coast or in a beautiful flat land like the mid-west, so we have to take care of what we have and where we call home.

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