Biological hazards exists in nearly all workplaces but here is the most important question, is this biological hazard harmful to my employees? You need to identify the danger first to be well-prepared to face it so identification of the biological hazard at your workplace is the first step to be able to prevent its risks.
Here are the most common types of biological hazards at workplaces.
1. Safety Hazards:
Safety hazards exist when the workplace itself becomes full of dangerous conditions that may cause injuries, illnesses, and even deaths among the employees.
Here are the most common safety hazards at workplace.
• Things that may cause spills of tripping. For example, if there cords that run through the floor of the place or through ice.
• The places that may lead to fall of the workers like heights, ladders, and roofs.
• Any machinery that is unguarded or moving without a caution sign is considered a safety hazard.
• The electrical hazards are very common like improper wiring and frayed cords.
2. Biological Hazards:
If your workplace deals with animals, plants or organic materials, then it may be a dangerous source of biological hazards. It is not limited to these places; actually people around a sick person are susceptible to a biological hazard too.
Here are types of things that are considered biological hazards.
• Body Fluids such as blood.
• Animal Materials.
• Plant Material.
• Physical Hazards:
Physical hazards have the ability to harm people without even having physical existence or even touching people.
Some of the examples of the physical hazards are the following.
• The extremes of temperature; very cold and very hot temperatures.
• Noise if it is so loud and constant.
• Harmful sun rays such as ultraviolet rays.
• Radiations such as ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.
• Ergonomic Hazards:
This happens when work is physically exhausting, for example, when work puts strain on the body of the worker. These hazards are extremely dangerous because they are not noticeable. The worker will work until he/she complains then you will discover that the working conditions and the body positions of the workers are not suitable. Long-term exposure to ergonomic hazards can lead to serious medical conditions.
The following are the most common ergonomic hazards occurring at workplaces.
• Poor Postures.
• When the job requires frequent lifting.
• IF the chairs and workstations are improperly adjusted.
• Too much vibration.
• Repetitive awkward movements.
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