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Three types of reactions your employee could have from a workplace health hazard

by , 15 September 2014
Different workplace hazards will have different effects. Depending on the kind of hazard it is, it could take a long time for the effects to actually show.

Knowing how a hazard will affect your employees will help you figure out how to deal with it effectively.

There are three ways a hazard can affect your employee's body. Knowing which one he's experiencing helps you react appropriately when it comes to getting him help.

Here's what these three ways are...


A workplace health hazard can cause one of three kinds of reactions

1. Immediate or acute reactions like shortness of breath or nausea, can happen because of a one-time event (e.g. a chemical spill). These reactions are usually not permanent.
2. Gradual reactions, like asthma or dermatitis (skin rashes), can get worse and persist if your employee is exposed to the hazard over days, weeks or months. These reactions tend to last for a longer time.
3. Delayed reactions or diseases that take a long time to develop, like lung cancer or loss of hearing, happen because of long-term exposure to a substance or work activity. You may only notice these reactions long after the job is over.
So what do you do to prevent hazards from causing any of these reactions?
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Here's how you can prevent any of these reactions

Your workplace should be safe for your employee's body and mind. You can help keep you, your employees and your workplace healthy by being aware of health hazards in your environment, and learning to protect everyone against them.
This includes doing risk assessments to help identify workplace hazards and deal with them regularly to help you deal with new or changing hazards. 

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Health & Safety Advisor.  It gives you tips, tools and advice to comply with the OHS Act and regulations.

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