Top 10 most common Hazards in the workplace
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of possible hazardous materials in the workplace. Some industries naturally carry more risks, but we have outlined the top 10 most common materials that pose a threat:
- Hazardous chemicals, which include the following: acids, caustic substances, disinfectants, glues, heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminium), paint, pesticides, petroleum products, and solvents.
- Ladders. All plants and warehouses use ladders constantly, and 8 percent of all occupational fatalities are caused by falls.
- Scaffolding hazards. This includes planks giving way or breaking, employee negligence, and falling objects.
- Vehicle accidents. This includes industrial trucks, golf carts, cars, etc.
- Respiratory hazards. These risks are applicable when welding, for example. Unhealthy breathing environments include insufficient oxygen, vapours, gasses, fibreglass, and dust.
- Electrical wiring and systems that can cause electrocution or fires.
- Unexpected start-up or malfunction of machinery and equipment.
- Falling objects from shelves, higher floors, or scaffolding.
- Slippery and wet floors that cause slips and falls.
- Objects on the ground or in doorways, including wires and cords, which result in trips, falls, lacerations, and bruises.
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