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VIII Environmental Health Hazards

  • Evaluation of the Work Environment.

Adequate measures are provided for the control of stress-producing hazards such as:

  • Chemical - liquids, dusts, fumes, mists, vapors, or gases.  The three routes of entry into the body being inhalation, ingestion, and absorption;
  • Physical - non-ionizing radiation, noise, pressure, vibration, illumination and temperature extremes;
  • Biological - viruses, bacteria, fungi, and insects.
Evaluation of the Work Environment

To ensure that controls are effective, employees= exposures must be monitored. The monitored results will determine if additional controls are needed.  OSHA requires that exposures be monitored whenever there is reason to suspect a permissible exposure limit may be exceeded.  These records are to be useful not only to the physician who examines the employee, but also when Workers= Compensation cases are filed.

The means of sampling will either be direct (i.e., noise, flammable gases, oxygen deficiencies) or indirect (i.e., dust, fumes, mists, which require a laboratory analysis).  Sample results found to be within a questionable range may indicate the need for more accurate surveys by a certified industrial hygiene laboratory.

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