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October 2019 Archives

Not everyone who fails a breath test has been drinking

Police departments in Kentucky and around the country use breath-testing equipment to determine whether or not drivers are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. These devices use breath samples to determine an individual's blood alcohol concentration, but they do not always paint a complete picture. There are a number of medical conditions that can influence a person's BAC, and there is one that can lead to significantly elevated blood alcohol levels even when not a drop of alcohol has been consumed.

Workplace safety helps workers and companies

Food workers in Kentucky and throughout the country may face a variety of hazards in the workplace. These hazards can include being cut by knives, falling or being exposed to toxic chemicals. Those who work in other industries may also face some or all of these hazards on the job. However, the fact that keeping people safe is challenging is generally not an excuse to allow workers to get hurt.

Seeking guidance on ways to help keep an impaired driver at bay

While a collision can be dangerous under virtually any scenario, incidents involving the presence of impairment may run a greater risk of placing your health in jeopardy. Unfortunately, you cannot force other drivers to approach the concept of driving while impaired with the same level of caution as you.

Risk for heart attack, stroke goes up with pesticide exposure

Kentucky residents should know that there is a link between pesticide exposure and certain medical conditions. From 1965 to 1999, the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program observed the incidence of heart attack and stroke among nearly 8,000 Japanese-American men on the island of Oahu. A new study has taken the data from this and combined it with OSHA data on the level of pesticides that the men were exposed to in order to determine a connection.

An increasing number of Americans are getting busted

Kentucky residents may be interested in learning about the long-term effects that the increased arrest rate in the United States has on people's lives. It's estimated that a person who gets arrested at least once by the time they are 26 years old is going to make around $5,000 less per year than their counterpart who has never been arrested. If a person has been arrested multiple times by the age of 26, they will make around $8,000 less than someone who was not arrested by that age. This means that over the course of their life, a person who gets arrested by can lose between $180,000 and $275,000.

Miners, gas workers at risk of hearing loss

Miners and oil and gas workers in Kentucky may be at a higher risk for hearing loss, especially if they are exposed to dangerous levels of noise. In some sectors of these industries, workers had up to a 30% chance of hearing loss while around one-quarter of other workers had some damage to their ability to hear. Exposure to dangerous noise levels as defined by OSHA regulations is common in the mining industry as well as in oil and gas extraction. Experts say that around 61% of all workers in these industries experience high noise levels; this risk can be exacerbated by the presence of chemicals also linked to a greater likelihood of hearing difficulties.

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