Risks arising from environmental and safety hazards at work
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Health and Safety executive has recently released data which states that 27 million working days were lost in 2010-2011 in the UK due to work related illness and workplace injury.Among the more serious problems can be noise,vibration,dust and gas emissions.
Exposure to dusts,which are toxic,carcinogenic or allergenic,can pose a major threat to respiratory health,whilest prolonged exposure to excessive noise levels can lead to noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus,which is a permanent senasation of noises or ringing in the ears.The Labour force survery carried out in the UK from 2009/2010 - 2011/12 has estimated that the avarage number of noise- induced hearing loss caused or made worse at work was 19,000
Help and advise on monitoring and managing workplace enviromental requirements can be gained by contacting Safety Groups UK s Health Risks at Work-Do You Know Yours ? Campaign.It highlights the five key risk areas to staff:Breathing,Skin.Muscles,Bones/Joints,Hearing and Wellbeing.
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(Information source HSM May 2013