The workplace can contain hazards presenting risks to the health and safety of its employees. These include chemicals, biological agents, physical factors, adverse ergonomic conditions, allergens, safety risks due to accidents, and a variety of psychosocial risk factors.
Physical hazards affect thousands of workers every year. Common injuries include back strains, hearing loss, and falls, especially in construction, extraction, transportation, healthcare, and building cleaning and maintenance. Work plant, machinery, and other equipment often has moving parts, sharp edges, hot surfaces and other hazards with the potential to crush, burn, cut, shear, stab or otherwise strike or wound workers if used unsafely.
Biohazards include infectious microorganisms such as viruses and toxins produced by those organisms. Biohazards affect workers in many industries, influenza, for example, being very common. Outdoor workers, including farmers, landscapers, and construction workers, risk prolonged exposure to damaging UV rays from the sun. Health care workers, including veterinary health workers, risk exposure to blood-borne pathogens and various infectious diseases.
Dangerous chemicals can also pose a hazard in the workplace, either with short term toxicity, or because they have long term carcinogenic properties.
Psychosocial hazards include risks to the mental and emotional well being of workers, such as feelings of job insecurity, bullying, financial or emotional stress, long work hours, and poor work life balance.
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