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Funeral directors be warned, you could develop serious diseases

If you had to guess an occupation in which a worker has a high chance of being exposed to formaldehyde, your first answer would probably be funeral director. You wouldn't be wrong either. Formaldehyde has been used for decades in the embalming process, exposing funeral directors to a chemical that wasn't considered a carcinogen until 1987 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

3 little words outdoor workers should know: Water, rest, shade p3

T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month, but football players would argue that August is worse. August is when professional and college football teams begin to train for the upcoming season. They don their safety equipment and exert themselves in sometimes unbearable heat and humidity. Since the death of pro football player Korey Stringer from heat stroke in 2001, teams have been more careful, but with any outdoor physical activity there is always the risk.

3 little words outdoor workers should know: Water, rest, shade

It would be hard to believe it's already the end of July if it weren't for all the road construction. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there are currently 12 construction projects in Peoria County alone, causing delays and frustration among drivers. On the really hot days, sitting in traffic is annoying, but most of us are lucky enough to have air conditioning in our vehicles. The construction workers are not so lucky.

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