• Divya Dhomne

The Only Workplace Hazards and Safety Measures Guide You'll Ever Need

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

It is crucial to manage workplace health and safety to help prevent any accidents from happening in your office. Every workplace has hazards and as an employer, it is extremely important to identify, monitor, and reduce the risk associated with workplace hazards.

Workplace hazards, by definition, are any aspect of work that causes health and safety risks and has the potential to harm. There are many types of workplace hazards, and they fall under four main categories:

Physical hazards– the most common workplace hazards, including vibration, noise and slips, trips and falls

Ergonomic hazards physical factors that harm the musculoskeletal system, such as repetitive movement, manual handling, and poor body positioning

Chemical hazards any hazardous substance that can cause harm to your employees; exposure to harmful chemicals

Biological hazards bacteria and viruses that can cause health effects, such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and Legionnaire’s disease.

These hazards can lead to common health risks:

  • Breathing problem

  • Skin irritation

  • Damage to muscles bones and joints

  • Hearing damage

  • Reduced Wellbeing

This can be prevented by taking appropriate measures to control workplace hazards and eliminate or reduce the risk. This can be done by:

  1. Identifying the hazard by carrying out a workplace risk assessment

  2. Determining how employees may be at risk

  3. Evaluate the risks

  4. Record and review hazards annually, or earlier if something changes

  5. Provide proper personal protective/safety equipment to employees involved in risky work



Identifying workplace hazards and following proper safety measures ensures a healthier work environment for workers and results in growth of the business.

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