Occupational Hazard

A working condition that can lead to illness or death. Danger to health or life that is inherent in, or is associated with, a particular occupation, industry , or work environment. Occupational hazards include risk of accident and of contracting occupational diseases.

A worker may be exposed to following types of hazards, depending upon his/her occupation:

-: Physical Hazards: Heat and cold stress, light, noise, vibration, radiation
-: Chemical Hazards: Dust, Gases, metals, solvents
-: Biological Hazards: Bacteria, viruses, protozoa, helminths, rickettsiae
-: Mechanical Hazards: Machines, friction, injury, slips, falls
-: Psychosocial Hazards: Stress, Workplace violence, shift work
-: Ergonomic Hazards: Lifting, awkward posture, overexertion, improper workstations and tools