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Occupational Hazards

  • By: Briseis A. Kilfoy
  • In: Green Health: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Oladele Ogunseitan
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Geography of Health

An occupational hazard is something that can cause harm in the work environment if not controlled. Occupational hazards include physical hazards such as exposure to ionizing radiation or noise; biological hazards such as exposure to bacteria or infectious diseases; chemical hazards such as exposure to asbestos or highly reactive fumes; mechanical hazards such as falls or collisions; and psychosocial hazards such as stress, overwork, or the threat of violence. Occupational illnesses and injuries are defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as any abnormal condition or disorder caused by exposure to factors associated with employment. An occupational disease is typically identified when it is shown that it is more prevalent in a given body of workers than in the general population or ...

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