Often times, you may feel uncertain about the safety of your workplace. It is important to be able to identify any possible safety and health hazards that may be looming around you. If you work on a construction site, you should be even more diligent about safety. Read on to learn how to point out hazards that may exist on your construction site.
A workplace hazard is any potential interference with the quality of life of your occupation that causes health and safety risks to you or others. The type of hazards vary across industries, and there are hazards you should be aware of on your own job or work site.
Safety hazards: They include dangerous conditions that can cause injury, illness, or death. These hazards include:
Biological hazards: these are related to working inside schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, outdoor occupations, and with animals, people, or infectious plant materials that can potentially expose you to biological hazards, which include the following:
Physical hazards: are factors that occur within the work environment that can harm the body by making contact and, often times, without even contacting the body. Such factors include:
Ergonomic hazards: these hazards are the most difficult to notice because strain put on the body can often times go unnoticed for days on end before experiencing any pain. Short term expose can result in “sore muscles” after being exposed, but long-term exposure can result in serious illnesses on a long-term scale. Such hazards include:
Chemical hazards: these hazards are present when a worker is handling any chemical. A worker does not know how they will react to certain chemicals because some are more safer, or toxic, than others. Some workers are more sensitive to chemicals than others, which can lead to allergic reactions, illness, skin irritation, or breathing problems. Be very careful with the following:
Lastly, your employer may be focused on keeping the number accidents low by giving gifts or prizes as a way to reward you and your fellow co-workers on the job. But this can create a hostile environment, by keeping you and others from reporting unsafe working conditions. The precautions listed in this article can help you and your coworkers to stay alert, work more carefully, and stay healthy while on the job.
If you or a loved one is involved in a serious accident in the workplace or you experience a health problem that you believe may be caused by your job, seek help and representation immediately. You may be entitled to recover compensation for your missed time off, injuries, and other financial difficulties. Call 1-800-843-3476.