Sarah Trotto

Former associate editor

ARTICLES

Exploring occupational asthma

Substituting, removing exposures key to protecting workers
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that as many as 2.7 million U.S. workers may have asthma caused or aggravated by workplace conditions. And federal statistics show that about 11 million workers are exposed to at least one of several agents associated with occupational asthma.
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Returning to work after a stroke

Employers need to understand “invisible impairments” of survivors, experts say
Almost one-third of strokes occur in people younger than 65 – many of whom say they plan to return to work. To help stroke victims get back on the job, employers need to understand possible impairments and how workers can be accommodated, experts say.
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Paid sick leave

Supporters say paid time off can prevent the spread of illness – and reduce on-the-job injuries
Supporters of sick leave policies say they help prevent the spread of disease and on-the-job injuries. Critics claim they are burdensome and costly to employers.
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Workers and diacetyl: 5 things to know

From microwave popcorn manufacturing workers to coffee roasters, employees who work with certain flavoring chemicals may be at risk for lung disease
From workers at microwave popcorn plants to coffee roasters, people who work with the flavoring chemicals diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione may be at risk for bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible disease also known as “popcorn lung.”
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