Signs and symptoms of occupational hazard and its absolute treatment

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Occupational hazard or occupational evil or gift/reward of an occupation etc. you may call it by any name; the fact is that every occupation will have a positive as well as negative effect in people.  The impact of such an effect & the extent of scarring it makes in a person have to be ascertained as a part of solution and should not tend to follow the philosophy of avoiding such occupational hazards as best options.  It such were the choice, then one has to meditate till death by sitting under a tree without taking up any job.


We may loudly think that only employees in the factory are susceptible to such problems.  But truth is that every employee is susceptible to such occupation related problems.  The problems are more pronounced in people who spent long years in an organization. 


Generally perceived understanding about occupation related problems are limited to physical deformities.  For example the people who are working in tanneries prone to develop skin related problems while people in the quarries will tend to develop more of upper respiratory problems.  Many such examples we can cite to show what occupational hazards are. 


To minimize the risk due to an occupation, various regular medical check ups have been done and made them mandatory for industry.  The unexplained or unexplored area in occupational hazard is the non-physical deformities or damages such as behavioural, attitudinal and psycho-dynamic aspects as a result of occupation. 


Are we sensitive about such occupational problems?  Are these problems not posing a serious concern in the society? Do we have any methodologies to check the level of damage different employees carries with them and how to treat those problems?  Are we mapping people as ‘risk groups' and ‘critical' based on the mental hazard limit?


Different survival needs in people in corporate make them to be ‘the worst' or ‘the best'.  Does the organization have the responsibility to make ‘the worst' to ‘better' if not ‘the best'?


Similar to occupational hazards in human world, plants do show certain pattern in the accumulation of secondary metabolites that are highly locality or geography specific.  The same species of plant show different chemical constituents and profile living in different regions of the globe.  Similarly, the same species of animals living in different parts of the world do behave differently.  The strange scavenging behaviour is seen in lions in some regions while they maintain their ‘pride' as top predator in some other regions. 


For example, a mechanic speak a lot about machine while a driver love to engage in talking more about vehicle and painter definitely about paints.  The people progressively get addicted to a pattern of thinking and behaving is the finest sign or symptom for the early diagnosis of occupational hazard.  A cosmetic formulator always looks at the fineness of anything and everything by default. 


It is not the physical disability due to occupational hazard cause major problem but the mental or behavioural disability is the major area of concern.  Diagnose the problem early and treat it immediately.  If the employees keep changing the organization frequently, they can limit the hazard to a great extent as the employees will constantly learn and apply different techniques to survive than using a same stale method.


If people visit different places frequently are generally expected to get exposed to different microbes/pathogens and may develop disease.  But it is true only to microbial diseases and if one wants to minimize the occupational hazard, multiple exposures and frequent change of organization is must.  


Do you want to be a diseased person by continuing in the same organization or be healthy by changing the job and the organization frequently as far as the occupational hazard is concerned, choice is yours.

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Dr S Ranganathan, Director, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai

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This article was published on 2011/07/27