Sunday, November 27, 2005

Are you (or your loved ones) at risk?

Glitter-lung is on the rise among elementary school art teachers:
"When art teachers spend so much time in confined quarters with inadequate ventilation amid swirling clouds of glitter, it's only a matter of time before their lungs start to suffer negative effects," said Dr. Linda Norr, a specialist in elementary-school-related respiratory diseases. "Those sufferers who are not put on a rigorous program of treatment often spend their last days on respirators, hacking up a thick, dazzling mucus."

But that's not the only workplace health hazard faced by teachers:
Epidemiologists note that the increase in glitter-lung cases is occurring simultaneously with a general rise in other classroom-related diseases. Macaroni elbow, modeling clay palsy, crayon flu, and googly-eye are sidelining thousands of teachers each year.

Thanks to The Onion and Joanne Jacobs for bringing this issue to our attention!


Blogger Anonymouph said...

What about all the Vis-a-Vis and Expo marker fumes?

And, I'm sure that having all that marker residue on my hands (and sometimes face) can't be healthy. One of these days, I'm going to take a picture of my hands and post it on my blog. Based on the looks I get from non-teachers, sometimes I must really look diseased. I'm sure others can relate.

2:35 PM  
Blogger graycie said...

Absolutely! Now I have Blue-Overhead-Hands -- back in the day we joked about Yellow Lung from the chalk dust.

5:23 PM  

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