Workplace Hazards: 4 Common Types
June 10, 2016
Did you know workers in all industries are exposed to one or more workplace hazards every day? Workplace hazards are costly, but if the right precautions are taken, they can be prevented. Below are are the four common types of hazards you should be aware of at work.
This is the most common type of workplace hazards. Examples of physical hazards include slips, trips, falls, exposure to loud noises, working from heights, vibrations, and unguarded machinery.
Every occupation places certain strains on a worker’s body. Ergonomic hazards occur as a result of physical factors that can harm the musculoskeletal system. This type of hazard is not easily identified, examples of this hazard are poor lighting, repetitive motion, awkward movements, and poor posture.
Chemical hazards are present anytime workers are exposed chemical substances. Examples include cleaning solutions and solvents, vapors and fumes, carbon monoxide and any other gases.
Healthcare professionals are at most risk for this type of hazard. Biological hazards occurs due to working with people, animals or infectious plant material. Examples include blood or other bodily fluids, animal care, insect bites, bacteria or viruses.
The biggest threat to worker health and safety is their work environment. Please take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your employees by maintaining a safe work environment.
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