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3 Workplace Hazards You May Not Have Considered

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Regardless of the job, there will always be common workplace hazards you must watch out for: slips, trips and falls, vehicular accidents, illness, etc. But, there are also unexpected hazards—and it is these hazards that are the most dangerous because employees are ill-prepared for them. For that reason, you should be on the lookout for these three often-overlooked workplace hazards and learn how best to mitigate them.

 

  1. Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome Hand-arm vibration syndrome occurs when a hand-held power tool is used regularly for an extended amount of time or when regular contact is maintained with a vibrating machine. The condition can disrupt the circulation in the hands and forearms as well as damage the muscles, nerves, joints, tndons and bones of the hands and arms.

    To reduce your exposure to the condition:

  • Explore lower-vibration alternatives to high-vibration work and equipment.
  • Take breaks while using high-vibration equipment.
  1. Loss of Smell or Taste Head trauma can lead to the development of anosmia, the loss (or impairment) of smell and taste. This condition can be particularly dangerous as it could influence weight loss or gain, and increase an individual’s risk of developing diabetes.

    To reduce your exposure to the condition:

    • Wear protective equipment for your head in dangerous areas at all times.
    • Wear slip-resistant footwear at all times.
  2. Reproductive Hazards
    Intense or prolonged exposure to certain types of chemicals can cause cancer, erode the reproductive health of workers and even damage a developing fetus.

    To reduce your exposure to these hazards:

    • If you are considering having children, tell your manager that you would like to tailor your work so that you can avoid any activities that could potentially threaten your reproductive health.
    • Wear air-tight, corrosive-resistant personal protective equipment.

    Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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