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Environmental Factors Causing Accidents

Last updated: November 9, 2018

What Does Environmental Factors Causing Accidents Mean?

Environmental factors causing accidents refer to contributing causes to workplace accidents that are not attributable to human conduct. Rather, some feature of the working environment is partly responsible for the incident or the events that led up to it.

Environmental factors can include both the natural or built environment, aspects of the workplace design, and features of the machinery or equipment used on the site.

Safeopedia Explains Environmental Factors Causing Accidents

Environmental factors that may cause accidents are various. Some common examples include:

  • Poor visibility (including low-light situations; heavy rain, snowfall, or mist; and so-called "blind" corners)
  • Ambient temperature (temperatures high enough to induce heat stress or low enough to lead to cold stress)
  • Relative humidity
  • Sound pollution
  • Air pollution (including the presence of toxic fumes and vapors or harmful particulate matter)
  • Water pollution
  • Poor housekeeping
  • Population density in the work area

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