The Types Of Workplace Hazards That You Should Know About

Workers identifying the different types of workplace hazards
There are a number of incidents and accidents that may occur in the workplace as a result of various hazards that are present or may later present themselves within the work environment. To correctly and constructively go about dealing with the issues of safety and health care within the workplace, you need to be aware and knowledgeable about the various types of workplace hazards that may affect you and your employees. Our article intends to show you the types of hazards that may be present within the work environment. The different types of workplace hazards have been put into the following four categories:


Physical Hazards

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Physical hazards are the hazards that you are most likely to find within the workplace at one point or another. These types of workplaces hazards threaten your physical safety, and can include unsafe conditions that can cause injury, illness or death. They may include a wide range of hazards such as:

  • Working from ladders
  • Exposed moving parts
  • Frayed electrical cords
  • Unguarded machinery
  • Scaffolding
  • Tripping hazards
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Noise

It is essential that you and your employees stay protected from the many physical hazards that can present themselves. While some physical hazards are easy to stop such as dangerous machinery or height hazards, other physical hazards are more difficult to spot, requiring constant due diligence and awareness. We offer a wide variety of safety programs such as working at heights training to help protect you from the many physical hazards which might be present at your workplace.


Ergonomic Hazards

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Ergonomic hazards are usually as a result of the strain that may be put on your body, because of the type of work you are doing, your working conditions or your body position. These types of workplace hazards are especially dangerous because they are often invisible of hard to spot. They also tend to cause damage over time, rather than They may include a wide range of things like:

  • Frequent lifting
  • Repetitive/awkward movements
  • Poor lighting
  • Improperly adjusted workstations, etc.

Repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common health issues to result from ergonomic issues. ACT offers comprehensive safety consulting programs to help reduce the impact of ergonomic hazards at your workplace. Contact us today to see how you can make your workplace more safe.


Chemical Hazards

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Chemical Hazards present themselves when you are in the workplace and you are exposed to any sort of chemical preparation. While chemical hazards are most often associated with industrial or construction workplaces. they are actually present in almost every workplace. Restaurants, retail spaces, and even offices have chemical hazards which have the potential to cause serious harm to the occupants. The most common chemical hazards are:

  • Vapors and fumes
  • Carbon monoxides or other gases
  • Cleaning products or solvents
  • Gasoline or other flammable materials, etc.

It is absolutely essential that all employees in a workplace understand exactly what chemical hazards exist around them. We offer comprehensive online WHIMIS/GHS Training to help all those in your workplace understand the hazards in their workplace, and the appropriate safety measures to take around them.


Biological Hazards

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Biological are hazards that come from working with animals, infectious plant material and even people. They include a wide range of things such as:

  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Insect bites
  • Animal droppings
  • Blood/body fluids, etc.

Biological hazards are becoming increasingly common in the workplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra measures must be taken to protect yourself and your employees in order to prevent their spread, as well as the spread of other biological hazards. Advanced Training and Consulting is fully dedicated to helping you reduce every kind of health risk in your workplace. Contact us today to see how we can help.


Your Health & Safety Partner – Advanced CT

A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. Since Advanced Consulting and Training Ltd.’s founding, their diverse team of certified health and safety professionals have taken great pride in their ability to deliver prompt, cost-effective and relevant workplace health and safety solutions. As a CPO approved, TSSA accredited, and WSIB approved provider, we look forward to discussing how ACT can help with your company’s safety requirements. Contact us today.

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