Workers face multiple hazards
In a new Safe Work Australia study, 62 per cent of workers reported being exposed to multiple types of hazards.
“On average, workers reported that they were exposed to 2.6 (out of nine examined) hazards,” according to the study titled ‘Exposure to multiple hazards among Australian workers’.
In addition, 20 per cent of workers said they were exposed to at least five hazards.
The nine hazards examined in the study included sun exposure, wet work, high biomechanical demands, high job demands, noise, vibration, biological materials, chemical (dermal) contact and airborne hazards.
“The most common self-reported exposure was to high job demands, followed by exposure to airborne hazards and exposure to chemicals,” says the study.
Workers also noted a lack of access to control measures for the hazards they reported.
The study says working longer hours, being young, working as a labourer, technician or tradesperson, and working in agriculture, forestry and fishing were associated with exposure to multiple hazards.
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Published on 26 February 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin