Inorganic (silica) or organic (grain) dust.
For example, silica can enter the lungs which can, in turn, cause a very serious lung condition known as silicosis.
Asbestos or asbestos dust.
For a long time, these fibres, which are heat and chemical resistant, were used in many industries, but were later found to create very serious complications such as asbestosis.
Occupational asthma caused by sensitising agents. These agents include platinum, nickel, cobalt, vanadium, chromium, salts, fungi and spores.
Erosion of the tissue inside an employee's mouth and nose because of fumes, alkalis, acids and irritants.
Allergic or irritant contact dermatitis caused by liquids, dust or any other irritants that make contact with the skin.
Avoid making the biggest mistake employers make when conducting their incident investigations
If you miss just one point in your incident investigation, COID
will deny your compensation claim.
And worse, if the DoL asks for your report, and you can't give him one, you'll be facing criminal prosecution too.
So don't take chances. Make sure you and your investigation team knows how to properly investigate all accident and incidents at your workplace.
Leukaemia and other cancers caused by working with benzene and other solvents.
Q-Fever which results from infected animals and their products.
Any work that is exposed to high levels of noise.
Such exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Any work that involves exposure to vibrating equipment or whole-body vibrations.
For example, handheld tools have been thought to create what's known as 'vibration syndrome'. This is a condition that, because of the vibrations, can cause neural problems as well a problems with circulation in the fingers.
Work involving repetitive movements.
For example, manual lifting that uses various muscle groups can create skeletal-muscular problems if not monitored.
Take note of these 10 common factors and take action wherever applicable to prevent occupational diseases in your workplace.
In other words, where any of these factors is relevant, take your own steps to prevent, or at least lessen, exposure (in doing so, it's highly recommended that you seek medical advice on each of these factors).
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