Environmental risks cause exposure injuries. These risks happen when a job requires exposure to a dangerous condition. Prevention of these injuries includes dressing properly for the weather, assessing the worksite for electrical hazards (above and below), using the PPE for the job, wearing sunscreen and insect repellent. Some injuries in this category include hypothermia or heat exhaustion, hearing loss due to noise exposure, electrocution, insect stings, allergic reactions, and exposure to noxious substances.
Learn how to reduce the environmental risks associated with:
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas: Hydrogen sulfide (also referred to as sour gas, acid gas, stink damp, rotten egg gas or sulphureted hydrogen) is a highly toxic, colourless gas with the characteristic foul odor of rotten eggs. The gas can be very pungent at first, but quickly deadens the sense of smell which can cause victims to be unaware of its presence until it’s too late. Learn more.
Toxins in heavy construction: Some people may be surprised to learn that highway workers are at an increased risk for health hazards due to their profession. Highway construction workers can be exposed to a variety of toxic substances that can enter the body through breathing, swallowing and/or absorption through the skin. Learn more.