Examples of common hazards include the following:
- Chemical hazards: Toxins, corrosives, flammables, and reactives.
- Biological hazards: Microbes, animals, plants, and genetically modified agents.
- Radiation hazards:
- Physical hazards:
- Electrical hazards:
- Mechanical hazards:
- Airborne hazardous materials:
- Ergonomic factors:
What are the common types of hazards?
A common way to classify hazards is by category:
- biological – bacteria, viruses, insects, plants, birds, animals, and humans, etc.,
- chemical – depends on the physical, chemical and toxic properties of the chemical,
- ergonomic – repetitive movements, improper set up of workstation, etc.,
What are common hazards in the workplace?
Safety hazards are the most common workplace hazards. They include: Anything that can cause spills or trips such as cords running across the floor or ice. Anything that can cause falls such as working from heights, including ladders, scaffolds, roofs, or any raised work area.
What are the 5 types of hazard?
Types of hazards
- Physical – Slippery floors, objects in walkways, unsafe or misused machinery, excessive noise, poor lighting, fire.
- Chemical – Gases, dusts, fumes, vapours and liquids.
- Ergonomic – poor design of equipment, workstation design, (postural) or workflow, manual handling, repetitive movement.
What are the 6 types of hazards in the workplace?
The most common workplace hazards include safety hazards like slip-and-falls or electrical hazards. But there are also ergonomic workplace hazards, environmental, chemical and others.
5. Biological Hazards
- Blood and other body fluids.
- Bacteria and viruses.
- Insect bites.
- Animal and bird droppings.