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Being supportive of colleagues with mental illness

You have recently been moved to a new department within your organization and are looking forward to maximizing the opportunities you have been given. In your recent change you have been introduced to some new colleagues, one of which suffers from a mental illness. Your awareness and support can not only allow you to feel more confident around this individual, but enable him or her to perform their best. At Fellman Law Office, we have helped many Minnesota businesses to create protocols designed to protect their workers, especially those who are vulnerable. 

Protecting your workers from common occupational diseases

If you own a company in Minnesota, chances are you prioritize the safety and well-being of your workers. After all, they are the life and blood of your organization. Without them, it would be impossible to efficiently market and distribute your product to anxious customers over a length of time. At Fellman Law Office, we understand the risks that employers face that require them to put protocols in place to protect their workers and ultimately protect their organization. 

Can you protect yourself from skin-related occupational diseases?

Depending on the industry you are a part of in Minnesota, your job may require you to wear protective gear to keep you safe from hazards in the workplace. Occupational diseases for example, can affect your breathing and skin among other things, but skin-related illnesses are often more common than you may realize. Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to better protect yourself. 

Can you file a worker's compensation claim for depression?

Most workers in Minnesota are aware they are entitled to worker's compensation for physical injuries that result from the job, but many are not aware that depression may also be covered. While proving this condition is related to work can be more challenging, it is worth pursuing because of the emotional and financial tolls this mental health condition can take.

Minnesota taconite miners at risk for mesothelioma

When people think of Minnesota, taconite mines probably are not the first things that come to their minds. Nevertheless, taconite mining is big business in Minnesota, employing thousands of miners and ancillary workers. The dark side of this is that our taconite miners have a high risk of developing mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer. So said a 2014 study that the University of Minnesota School of Public Health conducted. At the time, they assumed the asbestos in taconite was what was causing the cancer.

Are you at risk for an occupational lung disease?

If you are regularly exposed to toxic substances such as chemical fumes or asbestos at your job in Minnesota, you may expect your employer to provide you with a respirator that meets the standards set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, there may be risk factors in your workplace that you are not aware of. The American Thoracic Society provides an in-depth look at the types of occupational exposures that could cause a particular type of lung disease known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.

A closer look at occupational skin disorders and prevention

Each day, hundreds of members of the Minnesota workforce are exposed to harsh environmental conditions while performing routine job responsibilities. Extended exposure to severe conditions can have many lasting side effects that can affect a person's health, quality of life and ability to continue working.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

As we continue to become reliant on technology is all aspects of life, many Minnesota jobs will include work on computers and require many hours spent typing. Such situations can take a toll on the hands, wrists and arms, leading to occupational diseases. One of the most common of these is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Asbestos and the construction industry

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that resists heat and electricity, it would seem to be an excellent substance for use in buildings. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry notes that while this was initially thought to be true, scientists discovered that exposure to the fibers can be fatal.

What are occupational diseases?

In Minnesota, you have the right to be protected against occupational diseases. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, an occupational disease is a condition caused by your work environment. This could include a range of things, such as lung disease, repetitive stress injuries or cancer. Such conditions often take time to develop and occur due to consistent and prolonged exposure to the source causing the disease.

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