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What is the difference between health hazards and safety hazards?

Asked by Lynn , Last updated: Nov 26, 2020

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B. Mary

B. Mary

Health comes first, and I happen to know a lot about health.

B. Mary
B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Jun 11, 2020

A health hazard is different from a safety hazard. When your wellbeing is concerned, it can be a hazard to be exposed to a substance, thing, animal other than man, plant, gas, liquid, or solid that can harm your health. Exposure to black mold, gas leaks, rats and mice, poison ivy, gasoline, and bacteria and viruses can cause harm to your health. Safety hazards can be present anywhere, like the workplace or home.

Falls can occur any time by not taking precautions of keeping stairways cleared for passage, tripping over something on a sidewalk, or a pothole in the road. Safety hazards culminate due to carelessness like leaving the stove unattended, leaving plastic bags or medications out so that a small child could get them, and leaving matches and lighters on tables. Whether the hazard is health or safety-related, the best course of action is to be aware of your surroundings and be cautious.

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L. Hawkes

L. Hawkes

L. Hawkes
L. Hawkes, Teacher, Memphis

Answered Jun 11, 2020

A hazard is a warning that something poses a risk or a danger. A health hazard is a risk against a person's health or body. An example of a health hazard is a toxin, which could enter the body and impact the eyes and lungs. A safety hazard warns of a risk of events and other consequences. It is an impact on the conditions of a place or a region.

An example of a safety hazard is a wet sign on the floor, indicating that the floor is slippery, and if a person is not careful, it could lead to them falling. Another difference between them is the length of time it takes for the effects of the hazard to appear. A health hazard is over time, while a safety hazard is instant.

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B. Mary

B. Mary

Health comes first, and I happen to know a lot about health.

B. Mary
B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Jun 09, 2020

The term hazard is synonymous with something being harmful. Health simply refers to the proper functioning or conditioning of the body. Safety, nevertheless, has to do with being safe from something harmful. Hence, health hazard simply refers to a harmful occurrence or threat to one's physical well-being. Conversely, safety hazards have to do with an increase in the level of harm or risk due to environmental conditions.

For example, a worker in a coal mining company is more exposed to the health risk of developing any kind of lung disease. An example of the other party is an engineer who refuses to take some safety precautions, such as using his helmet is exposing to a hazardous situation.

Health hazards are not easily seen or discovered in the instance. It is a happening that you only feel, and it comes up gradually. Whereas safety hazards are seen immediately, they occur. They are just usually a physical phenomenon.

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