Hazards on the Job

This page includes:

Chemical Hazards, including metals, minerals, etc.

Emergency Response

Ergonomics and Computer use

Infectious Disease/Biological

Machinery Safety

Physical–Fire, Noise, Radiation, etc.

Other Hazards and Occupational Illnesses

Specific Industries and Occupations

Links to more extensive collections of Job Hazard materials.

Collections of Material Safety Data Sheets

Chemical Hazards

Chemicals in the Workplace: A training booklet from the International Labor Organization.

Diesel Hazards: A factsheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Formaldehyde New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

High Tech Toxics and the Workplace. Communications Workers of America.

Lead: Occupational Lead Exposure–An alert for Workers. Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Machine Fluids: Safety Facts you should know. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Mercury in the Workplace A factsheet from he Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Pesticides: Pesticide Information Profiles (EXTOXNET.) Profiles of over 150 pesticides. A cooperative effort of University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho.

Emergency Response and Emergency Planning

Disaster Site Worker Safety: A factsheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Emergency Responders and Occupational Asthma: A factsheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Sheltering in Place: Planning for sheltering during an emergency. Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Emergency Exits: Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Fire Safety: Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Ergonomics and Computer Use

Back at Your Desk: Reducing the Stress of Sitting. University of Maryland.

Back at Your Desk: How to Move in Your Chair. University of Maryland.

Computer-Related Repetitive Strain Injury. Paul Marxhausen.

Ergonomics: A training booklet from the International Labor Organization.

Repetitive Strain Injuries New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Typing Injury FAQ. Information on Alternative Keyboards, Voice Recognition, Furniture, and other topics for computer users. CTD Network.

Video Display Terminal Checklist New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Infectious Diseases

Avian Flu: Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Bloodborne Pathogens. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Emerging Infectious Diseases and Infection Control: Fact Sheet on occupational exposure by the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Hepatitis: Fact Sheet on occupational exposure by the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Needlesticks: Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Tuberculosis: Occupational Exposure New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Machinery Safety

Forklifts/Powered Industrial Trucks New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Lockout/Tagout Safety . Center to Protect Workers’ Rights. (To see the full collection of materials from the Center click here.)

Machine Fluids: Safety Facts you should know. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Machine Guarding. Graphic Communications International Union.

Physical Hazards–Noise, Radiation, etc.

Noise at Work: A training booklet from the International Labor Organization.

Noise hazards. Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America.

Other

Indoor Air Quality. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Occupational Asthma: Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Personal Protective Equipment Factsheet from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS): Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Reproductive Health Hazards: A training booklet from the International Labor Organization.

Specific Industries and Occupations

Auto Body Repair: Health Hazard Manual. Cornell University.

Health and Safety in the Poultry Industry. Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union.

OSHA’s E-CAT for the Poultry Industry (Electronic Compliance Assistance Tool)


Links to Technical Resource Collections

Some of the best resources for technical OSH materials include:

NYCOSH The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health’s website has a comprehensive set of links to a wide range of health and safety resources.

NIOSH The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health . Contains a wide range of valuable resources, including a number of chemical hazard databases.

CCOHS: The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

OSHA : The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

AOEC: Association of Environmental and Occupational Health Clinics: Great lending library, including some materials that can be downloaded.

The Center to Protect Workers’ Rights: Contains an extensive set of publications on safety and health in the construction sector.

Chemical Hazards/Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Collections

Seton Resource Center: A very well-organized and user-friendly site with a collection of 350,000 MSDS’s, a helpful introductory section on MSDS’s and glossary of key terms.

New Jersey Department of Health: Right to Know Hazardous Substances Factsheets A tremendous resource of easy-to-read factsheets on many common chemicals. Some of the factsheets are also available in Spanish.

Where to Find MSDS on the Internet: A very comprehensive MSDS collection, plus links to several others.