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A Physical Hazard can be a substance or a condition that can potentially cause harm to the physical health of a person.

Examples of a physical hazard are as follows: Fire, Electricity, Noise, Vibration, Manual Handling, Work equipment and Poor Housekeeping.

Some of the injuries that can occur as a result of mechanical hazards are as follows:

  • musclo- skeletal disorders - injury from lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, putting down, supporting a load where there is a risk of injury
  • Burns
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Electrocution, Electric Shock
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss
  • White Finger
  • tripping
  • slipping
  • falling from a height or on a level
  • struck by a falling object

Have you identified all of the physical hazards in your workplace?

Have you checked if adequate control measures are in place to avoid and/or reduce the risk of injury caused by them?

Contact us if you need more information or help on controlling physical hazards in your workplace.

We will deal with Chemical Hazards in our next post on Hazards.