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Going Postal Over Respiratory Problems

Posted by John on November 13th, 2008

ABC reports that current and former postal workers across the nation are battling severe respiratory problems. Many postal employees blame the paper dust produced by the letter-sorting machines in post offices.

“I began to have breathing problems, asthma symptoms, bronchitis,” says former post office employee Betty Booker.

Over 450 current and former postal workers have signed a petition urging officials to address the paper dust problem.

Dr. Christine Oliver of Harvard University confirms that postal paper fibers could be the source of these symptoms. She says, “Significant difficulties can arise as a result of work in a building with airborne contaminants or other problems.”

air cleanersIf you work in a post office or dusty environment, talk to your supervisor about investing in air purifiers.

Also see: Is Your Office Literally Making You Sick?

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