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3 Types of Environmental Hazards in the Workplace

3 Types of Environmental Hazards in the Workplace

Feb 21st 2023

3 Types of Environmental Hazards in the Workplace

Every day, we are exposed to a variety of environmental hazards. Some of these hazards are present in our homes, while others are found in our workplaces. It is important to be aware of the environmental hazards that may be present in your workplace so that you can take steps to protect yourself and your employees.

There are three main types of environmental hazards that may be present in your workplace: chemical, physical, and biological. Let's take a quick look at each of these hazard types.

3 Main Types of Environmental Hazards

  1. Chemical Hazards: Chemical hazards are found in many workplaces, including construction sites, factories, laboratories, and offices. These hazards can come from exposure to chemicals used in processes or products and improper storage or disposal of hazardous materials. Examples of chemical hazards include asbestos, lead and silica.
  2. Physical Hazards: Physical hazards are those that cause physical harm to people or property. These hazards can come from exposure to loud noise or vibration, electrical currents, radiation, or extreme temperatures.
  3. Biological Hazards: Biological hazards are those that come from exposure to living organisms that can cause disease or illness. While some biological hazards are naturally occurring, others are the result of human activity.

Environmental Management Systems

Safety Docs offers an environmental management system that could be easily implemented into your business. It's designed to not only comply with ISO 14001 standards but also to allow your business to make the most impact when it comes to minimising adverse environmental impacts. Our system is interactive and straightforward, meaning you don't need to worry about spending a lot of time trying to set up complex administrative processes.

In summary

If you own a business or manage a workplace, it is important to be aware of the potential environmental hazards that may be present. If your business is looking for assistance with safety documents that comply with workplace regulations, then getting in touch with our friendly customer service team is the right decision.


Author - Craig Cruickshank is the HSEQ Manager and Senior Technical Advisor at SafetyDocs by SafetyCulture.

Craig comes from a construction and environmental background, with experience in both the private and public sectors and is passionate about making health and safety information easy to find and understand for everyone.

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Please note that the above information is provided as a comment only and should not be relied on as professional, legal or financial advice.

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