Allergies – Work Accidents and Anaphylaxis

When you think of allergies, you might not think of work. But the truth of the matter is that there are many things on the job that employees can be allergic to, and interactions can produce serious or even fatal results.

According to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, employers need to be more aware of serious allergies and need to make the proper changes to help ensure that everyone is protected on the job.
Employers are urged to raise awareness and to educate those on the work site about anaphylaxis. This is an allergic reaction that can take lives. Food allergies most commonly result in this life-threatening condition but a number of manufacturing process can also be responsible. The truth of the matter is that it affects about 8 percent of all children and 4 percent of all adults.

Our Asheville workers’ compensation lawyers understand that the number of people who are vulnerable to these kinds of reactions has been increasing in recent years. The cause of this increase is not yet known. From 1997 through 2007, the number of people affected by this condition increased by about 18 percent. Some of the most common employees to suffer allergic reactions are those that work in food services, and those that handle vending-machine merchandise.

Anaphylaxis can be caused by a number of things, including venom, like from a bee sting, different kinds of food, latex and even some medications.

Most alarmingly, some people don’t even know that they have these allergies until it’s too late. Sometimes, their first reaction can trigger a serious, even life-threatening condition.

Luckily, there are ways that you can completely eliminate the risks for these allergic reactions. One of the most important things for an employer to do is to make sure that each work site has an epinephrine auto-injector. This is considered to be the first-line of treatment for this condition. It’s important to keep these on-site because people who are at risk don’t always have one with them.

These injectors are not to be used to prevent a reaction from happening. It’s helps to ease the stress that could potentially cause a deadly reaction. If someone is suffering from one of these reactions, it’s important that you use one of these devices immediately, say officials with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

It’s also important that you make sure that everyone on the job is educated about the dangers that accompany this condition and that they know how to best avoid these allergens. A simple way to do this is to come up with a short awareness campaign so that employees know how to recognize and respond to the signs of anaphylaxis.

Common reactions to allergens:

-Impaired hearing or vision.

-Autism spectrum disorder.

-Neurologic disorders.

– Respiratory diseases.

-Atopic diseases.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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