Occupational Lung Disease & Methods of Precaution

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The term occupational lung disease by definition is referred to a disease inflicted in the human lungs which occur as a result of work induction affected by the polluted environment. Well, a wide variety of materials such as dust, fiber, gases may arise as a side effect contributed to the air pollution as a result of bustling industrial activities. Because of this, any occurrence of abnormalities in the lungs should be determined whether the disease is triggered by the consequence of work activity or the amount of chemical exposures such as radiation, vapors, toxic substances, industrial smokes, cigarettes, etc. which can be of a hazard to a person’s health condition.

When talking about a matter of prolonged exposure, first of all, the period between exposure occurred and the aspect of abnormality may be lengthy, making us difficult as a reader to discover and comprehend a close relationship connected between the exposure of toxic materials observed and the degree of occupational illness arose. Therefore, in order to carefully determine whether this occupational lung disease is more of a work related illness, some thoroughly medical evaluations should be performed as necessary.

In addition to the above paragraph, such toxic materials exposed in relation to the degree of protective gears used should be examined and identified in the first place. As for the numbers of medical principles which are used very frequently in determining causes of lung disease due to the exposure of chemical materials in the workplace, the following point explanations below will help us to better understand about a few crucial aspects which are associated with the issue of occupational lung disease.

1. A small number of proportion in regards to the environmental factors on the occurrence of occupational lung disease has a pathogenic picture such as mesothelioma, yet, the nature of it is very complex to be distinguished from the normal disease exposed outside a workplace. To put it simply, most of the lung diseases are normally caused by a scale of exposure derived from a workplace itself or the industrial environment. Hence, any triggering factors prompted by the working environment must be constantly taken into a preliminary consideration; particularly, for employers so that they can be more prepared to tackle the occurrence of occupational lung disease among their operational labors.

2. The typical exposure of toxic materials in the workplace or industrial environment in particular tends to cause more than one pathological disease. For example, cobalt exposure (heavy metals) can severely inflict interstitial lung and respiratory disease.

3. Most of the lung diseases can be due to many factors where the toxic substances can be the prominent factor. For example, the risk of lung cancer exposed to workers who smoke a package of cigarette daily is greater than those who are non-smokers.

4. The scale of chemical exposure is as important as its determining factor on the proportion of the affected population figure and the severity of a person’s lung disease. For example, the high amount of toxic doses incurred usually can lead individuals to be more affected and suffered from this illness. Any level of severity rises on patients with a direct non immunological toxicity can further lead those patients to experience a chemical toxic pneumonia, asbestosis (a disease occurred due to the pollution & radiation), or silicosis.

5. Every individual has a different sensitivity to the environmental exposure. The unprecedented risk of dangerous effect can occur to some individuals, yet, there are others who possess a moderate level of sensitivity may survive from it. Additionally, some of the triggering factors that determine a person’s level of sensitivity against the amount of toxic materials released by the industrial environment are little known, but they may provoke other related lung diseases potentially.

On the other hand, such precautions as providing medications will depend on how the local government, management of related industries, and the industrial workers cooperate among each other. In this regard, there are two determining factors which can be used by any industrialists as part of preliminary actions to refrain labors from suffering the disease:

a. Any chemical exposure gained from toxic materials must be identified, measured, and controlled immediately on the first basis.

b. The amount of gases, carbons, and other related smokes released which create air pollution need to be monitored regularly. Perhaps, one example could be the government may use their authority to limit or reduce a number of vehicles by imposing a higher tax on those private car owners.

Above all, some initial and significant changes proposed to minimize the risks exposed can be feasibly implemented with a proper arrangement. Thus, an early detection for a disease to take place is very critical, especially in the world of medical sciences where an early treatment on the disease occurrence can determine a patient’s immediate recovery.

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