The presence of invisible toxic vapors in certain industrial premises remains a concern of workers in certain industries. Workers in industries in Oklahoma where dangerous chemicals may cause severe workplace injuries or illness rely heavily on their employers to monitor the air quality and provide protective clothing. Company owners who fail to abide by the strict safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may cause workers to develop occupational illnesses that will affect the remainder of their lives, and could even lead to death.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regards hearing loss as a critically important concern. The institute states that hearing loss caused by noise is one of the workplace injuries that is entirely preventable; however, it is not reversible. The onset of hearing loss is gradual and therefore not recognized in the initial stages. The recognition of this severe health and safety issue is crucial, and Oklahoma employers of workers in all industries should take measures to prevent conditions that cause hearing loss in workers.