Hazards

There are many types of hazards - chemical, ergonomic, physical, and psychosocial, to name a few - which can cause harm or adverse effects in the workplace. Get resources on specific hazards and their control, including identification, risk assessment and inspections, to keep your workplace healthy and safe.

Hazards

Choose from the following types of hazards:

Chemicals

Access chemical information with substance. Find resources on chemical hazards, product safety, WHMIS, MSDSs, transport of hazardous materials, toxicity, and safe work practices.

Chemicals

Every workplace has chemicals - ranging from cleaning products to full scale chemical production. If chemicals are not used, stored...

Effects on the body

In order for a chemical to become hazardous to a person's health, it must first contact or enter the body and the chemical must have some...

WHMIS/GHS/MSDS

WHMIS is a comprehensive plan for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials products used in Canadian...

Ergonomic

Ergonomics is matching the job to the worker and product to the user. Access information and resources on workplace design and considerations, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, related risks, and helpful exercises.

Lifting, pushing, pulling

Manual materials handling (MMH) means moving or handling things by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding, or restraining. MMH...

Lighting

Whether in industrial or office settings, proper lighting makes all work tasks easier. Appropriate lighting can reduce eye fatigue and headaches...

Office

Working in an office may seem harmless but musculoskeletal injuries can develop over time, especially for workers who spent the majority of...

Sitting, standing, …

Continuous standing or sitting while working is a common source of discomfort and fatigue. Frequent changes of body positions, a well...

Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and same-level falls result from some a kind of unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground or...

Shiftwork

A reality for about 25 percent of North American workers, shiftwork can disrupt workers' family and personal lives and lead to health problems...

Tools

For many workers, tools are a necessary part of getting the job done. Select tools that are right for the task, provide training on their proper...

WMSDs

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are a group of painful disorders of muscles, tendons, and nerves. Injuries can...

Health

Many workplace hazards have the potential to harm workers' short- and long-term health, resulting in diseases, disorders and injuries.

Biological

Sources of biological hazards may include bacteria, viruses, insects, plants, birds, animals, and humans. These sources can cause a...

Diseases, Disorders, Injuries

A wide range of conditions may result from exposure in the workplace. Examples include asthma, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome,...

Pandemics

In terms of illness, a pandemic is an outbreak of any disease such as typhoid or influenza (flu) on a large, global scale. Workers can reduce...

Physical

Physical hazards are substances or activities that threaten your physical safety. They are the most common and are present in most workplaces at one time or another. These include unsafe conditions that can cause injury, illness and death.

Temperature

Both very cold and very hot temperatures can be dangerous to your health. In a very hot environment, the most serious concern is heat...

Indoor Air Quality

Common causes of indoor air problems include inadequate temperature, lack of humidity or lighting; exposure to chemicals, dusts, gases,...

Mould

Moulds can grow almost everywhere and for some people the inhalation of the mould or spores can lead to health problems or make...

Noise

Noise is one of the most common workplace health hazards. In heavy industrial and manufacturing environments, as well as in...

Radiation

Sunlight is the greatest source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Man-made UV sources include UV lamps, arc welding, and mercury vapour lamps....

Psychosocial

Learn about stress, violence, bullying, and other behaviours in the context of a workplace environment.

Stress

Workplace stress is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the...

Violence

Most people think of violence as a physical assault. However, workplace violence is a much broader problem. It is any act in which a person...

Bullying

Bullying involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person...

Safety

Safety hazards include tools, machinery, materials, handling, tractors, welding, etc. Also covered are prevention of slips, trips and falls, as well as driving tips and working safely with compressed air.

Driving

A lot can happen when you're behind the wheel of a car or truck. Learn about common driving hazards and distractions, seasonal factors,...

Electrical

All electrical systems have the potential to cause harm. The voltage of the electricity and the available electrical current in regular...

Forklifts

Forklift trucks should be operated only by experienced workers who are trained, certified or licensed to perform this task. An operator...

Garages

There are many precautions that you need to take when working in a garage. Know the hazards associated with the activities and tasks...

Ladders

Work safely with ladders, from selection and inspection, to storage and handling, and all the steps in-between.

Machinery

Machines help get the job done, but can also be dangerous if not used properly. Read the owner's manuals carefully. Make sure you receive...

Material Handling

Materials handling involves many activities, including the movement, protection, storage, and control of products throughout the...

Platforms

Platforms are elevated or suspended temporary work surfaces used to support workers who need to complete tasks at heights.

Tools

For many workers, tools are a necessary part of getting the job done. Select tools that are right for the task, provide training on their proper...

Workplace

Hazards can be found in every workplace, and can come from a wide range of sources. This section looks at some of the more common workplace hazards, and how to eliminate or control them.

Confined Spaces

All hazards found in a regular workspace such as air quality, chemical exposures, and fires, can also be found in a confined space. However,...

Indoor Air Quality

Common causes of indoor air problems include inadequate temperature, lack of humidity or lighting; exposure to chemicals, dusts, gases,...

Lasers

There are two types of laser hazards: the laser beam hazards and the non-beam hazards. Laser beam hazards include eye and skin burns...

Scents

When we talk about scents, we usually mean the smells or odours from cosmetics or from other products such as air fresheners, and cleaners....

Temperature

Both very cold and very hot temperatures can be dangerous to your health. In a very hot environment, the most serious concern is heat...

Ventilation

Ventilation is the mechanical system in a building that brings in fresh outdoor air and removes the contaminated indoor air. In a workplace,...

Violence

Most people think of violence as a physical assault. However, workplace violence is a much broader problem. It is any act in which a person...

Weather

You can't control the weather but you can be prepared for it, from cold to hot temperatures, to lightning storms, and other natural events.

Working Alone

 The main focus is integrating health and safety in home-based office work through telework agreements and the actual set up of the office....