Health Hazard (OSHA)

Last updated: July 31, 2017

What Does Health Hazard (OSHA) Mean?

According OSHA, a health hazard refers to a chemical that is classified according to its potential to cause one of the following hazardous effects: acute toxicity (any route of exposure), skin corrosion or irritation, serious eye damage or eye irritation, respiratory or skin sensitization, germ cell mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, specific target organ toxicity (single or repeated exposure), or aspiration hazard.

Safeopedia Explains Health Hazard (OSHA)

Health hazards are commonplace in all work environments. They may be in the form of a chemical hazard, such as a chlorine or a pesticide, to they may be biological hazards, such as those presented by mould in buildings. A physical hazard may be in the form of excessive noise, coldness, over-heating or radiation. Workers may also be affected by ergonomic hazards, such as those posed by body positioning and repetitive strain when performing one’d duties. Such psychological hazards as anxiety are also included as workplace health hazards.


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