Cancers, severe allergic reactions, nervous system impairment and noise-induced hearing loss are just some of the diseases that impact the lives of many Canadian workers and their families each year. These diseases are caused by many workplace health hazards including:
- Chemicals such as solvents, asbestos, carbon monoxide, silica
- Physical agents such as noise, radiation and excessive heat
- Biological hazards such as moulds and bacteria
Occupational Hygiene is a science devoted to anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling these health hazards and helps workers avoid sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort.