12/30/2005

Responding to emerging physical risks in the workplace

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has published a factsheet
based on a full report summarising the responses of 66 experts from 14 European
countries and the USA who were invited to participate in a survey rating
emerging physical risks in the workplace.

It makes interesting reading, with lack of physical activity rated as a prime
candidate for regulators to be mindful of, this apparently posing a perceived
increasing risk.

The respondents also strongly acknowledge ultraviolet radiation as an emerging
risk, the risks are listed as follows:

  • lack of physical activity;

  • combined exposure to vibration and awkward postures;

  • poor awareness of thermal risks among low-status worker groups exposed to
    unfavourable thermal conditions;

  • multi-factorial risks (eg experienced by call centre staff);

  • combined exposure to musculoskeletal disorder and psychosocial risk factors;

  • thermal discomfort;

  • combined exposure to vibration and muscular work;

  • complexity of new technologies, work processes and human­machine interfaces;

  • insufficient protection of high-risk groups against long-standing ergonomic
    risks;

  • general increase of exposure to ultraviolet radiation during and outside
    working time.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work