Due to the nature of their work, many workers face various workplace safety hazards on an everyday basis. For every employer, it’s important to mitigate those risks and prepare the employees for a safety hazard. By proper training and identifying the hazards, you can easily reduce the risk of accidents at your workplace and prevent potential injuries.
We’re listing some types of workplace hazards to help you identify the safety concerns at your workplace:
1. Safety Hazards
Safety hazards affect hundreds of families every year. These hazards include falls, slips, operating heavy machinery, and electrical hazards.
2. Physical Hazards
Physical hazards affect those who work in extreme weather conditions. For instance, exposure to continuous loud noises, sun rays, and radiations can be dangerous and put workers at risk.
It’s estimated that 20–24% of workers in Canada face hearing difficulty due to physical hazards.
3. Biological Hazards
Biological hazards include exposure to diseases and dangerous substances when working with infectious plants or animals. Workers who work in laboratories or hospitals are at a higher risk of biological hazards, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Workload Hazards
Workload hazards cause stress or strain that might add up to violence or aggression. It’s essential to know that these hazards can be found in any job role. According to experts, 27% of Canadian workers suffer from work-related stress, which consequently affects their personal lives.
5. Ergonomic Hazards
Manual work that requires lifting or sitting for an extended period, comes under ergonomic hazards. These may go unnoticed at first, but over time, they can cause serious health problems like obesity. Moreover, in 2020, more than 1,000 people died due to ergonomic hazard at workplace.
6. Chemical Hazards
Chemical hazards threaten employees who are exposed to dangerous liquids, flammable gases, and solvents. Exposure to harmful chemicals causes skin irritation, breathing problems, and, in extreme cases, death.
According to reports, in Canada, almost 1,000 deaths occur due to exposure to industrial chemicals.
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