What do we Mean by Health Hazards?

There is a whole range of health hazards railway employees are exposed to under the banner ‘The Effects Of Work on Health’. Within our report we explore them.

​Many of the health hazards that can affect the health of employees whilst at work are long understood. Controls and precautions are taken. However, the latency period for ill health effects can be over a number of years and tracing back a direct cause can be difficult. As a society, we are still grappling with the full impact of health hazards and the damaging effect they can have on lives. The good news is that within the UK, employers are doing more to attempt to understand the issues and rail is continuing to seek to fulfil its role as an industry where good work is available. Here we set out a number of the hazards we face.

Topics covered:

  • Asbestos
  • Blood, vomit, hepatitis
  • Chemicals for cleaning
  • Diesel exhaust fumes
  • Dust
  • Ergonomic design
  • Lead (dust and fume)
  • Legionella
  • Manual handling
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Awkward posture
  • Knackered knees and ankles
  • Noise
  • Stress associated with organisational change
  • Upper limb disorders
  • Vibration (HAV and whole body)
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