Telford Occupational Health Service

Health Risks At Work

HEALTH RISK
Handling heavy or awkward loads. Poor work postures; repetitive or forceful movements; a combination eg, repetitive assembly and inspection work.
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Musculoskeletal disorder, eg, bad backs; pains, strains and sprains; upper limb disorders

HEALTH RISK
Breathing in and handling hazardous substances, eg, asbestos; solvents; isocyanates, wood, grain and silica dust; sheep dips; other chemicals
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Cancer; asthma; bronchitis; fibrosis; poisoning; dermatitis; burns.

HEALTH RISK
High noise levels, eg, from noisy tools and machinery.
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Deafness, tinnitus.

HEALTH RISK
Vibration, eg, from hand-held tools; regularly driving vehicles.
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Vibration white finger with pain in fingers and loss of grip; low back pain from whole body vibration

HEALTH RISK
Exposure to radiations, eg, from x-ray work; ultraviolet radiation from prolonged outdoor work; infra-red; lasers.
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Burns; skin complaints; eye damage, cancer.

HEALTH RISK
Exposure to biological agents [viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites] eg, healthcare, agricultural and laboratory work.
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Mild sickness to serious diseases, eg, HepatitisB; Legionnaires' Disease.

HEALTH RISK
Stressors, eg, excessive workload or work pace; conflicting priorities.
ILL-HEALTH EFFECTS
Can contribute to high blood pressure; heart disease; depression.

 

Occupational Health Centre, Halesfield 13, Telford, Shropshire TF7 4PL
Tel/Fax: 01952 581251 email: mw@tohs.co.uk