The biggest health and safety threats in workplaces.
If you pay attention to Triangle Fire Safety’s social media or website, you are probably aware at this point that there are a lot of health and safety concerns within the workplace. Whether it’s an injury due to improper manual handling, massive damages when 90 cars go up in flames, or a huge industrial machine being turned on whilst employees are still inside; there are lots of risks that exist in every workplace.
It’s estimated that 1.2 million working people are suffering from a work-related illness. Every year, approximately 27.3 million working days are lost because of work-related illness or injury, and 144 people die at work every year.
The biggest and most common threats aren’t always the ones that come to mind, though.
Here are a few of the most common health and safety threats in workplaces:
Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure
In 2014, 2,515 people died of mesothelioma due to previous exposure to asbestos. This is previous exposure to asbestos, meaning it wasn’t an immediate threat, so being aware of the signs is essential for tackling the cancer as soon as possible.
According to TUC, the biggest health and safety threat currently is stress within the workplace. Stress within workplaces has risen over the years, now affecting approximately 70% of workplaces. In comparison to physical injury or illness, a mental issue like workplace stress is considered low priority. However, workplace stress can be a catalyst for serious mental health illnesses such as anxiety or depression. If not tackled, workplace stress can be as big a threat as any other serious injury or illness, resulting in staff absence and minimised workplace productivity.
Improper Manual Handling
Of course, improper manual handling is one of the most common safety threats. It is fundamental for companies to provide manual handling training so that employees are safely carrying, lifting, pushing and pulling objects; yet providing this training is often overlooked by companies. Approximately one in every five hundred employees required to perform manual handling become injured every year, and over 169,000 new cases of musculoskeletal injuries were caused by it in the last year. Manual handling injuries cost the companies unnecessary amounts of money, both in employee sick days and in claims against the company.