Definition - What does Workplace Hazard mean?
A workplace hazard refers to a situation within the workplace that has the potential to cause injury or adverse health effects for people and damage to the plant and/or equipment. Hazards are present at every workplace and come from a wide number of sources. Identifying and eliminating them is a major component of maintaining a safe workplace.
Safeopedia explains Workplace Hazard
General examples of workplace hazards include any substance, material, activity or process that has the potential to cause harm or injury under specific conditions. A common way of identifying workplace hazards is to classify them into various categories:
- Biological: These include viruses, bacteria, animals, plants, insects and also humans
- Chemical: These include various chemicals, liquids and solvents. The hazard associated with them depend on their physical properties and whether they are toxic, irritants, corrosives or mutagens
- Mechanical: The hazards caused by the moving parts of machinery, plant or an equipment
- Psychological: Stress, harassment and violence
- Physical: Exposure to noise, vibrations, radiation or a magnetic field
- Ergonomic: Improper posture, repetitive movements, improper arrangement of workplace
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