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Ways your workplace may be damaging your health

Employees in California know that a good environment is a key element of happiness in the workplace. Unfortunately, even the best of environments can suffer from the engagement in practices or behaviors that can cause harm to its workers.

According to WebMD, one huge issue in a wide variety of workplaces is the cause or aggravation of repetitive motion injuries. These injuries can happen in any job that requires a person to perform the same task multiple times, from secretaries to librarians to engineers. Jobs that require the use of repetitive motion can result in two common injuries: bursitis and tendonitis. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed. It can affect the biceps, elbows, shoulders, and more. Bursitis is the inflammation of bursa sacks, which are designed to protect tendon and bone in areas of repeated friction. Both can cause the sufferer pain and decreased mobility.

Indoor air quality is another big issue, as pointed out by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. They state that indoor air quality is often inadequate, largely due to two factors: the materials or fumes inside of a building, and the lack of a proper ventilation system. Cleaning supplies, dust, mold, pesticides, airborne chemicals, and renovation or construction debris all contribute to bad air quality. In turn, this creates health problems like pneumonia, bronchitis, or even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The key to a happy and healthy workplace is to address all of the little ways that day-to-day work can be affecting an employee's overall health. Attending to those issues can improve the life quality of those employees and increase the overall morale and mood of a working environment.

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