IDRL 308
Occupational Health and Safety (OCW_Rev. C6)


IDRL 308
Occupational Health and Safety (OCW_Rev. C6)

Study Guide

Unit 2 – Hazards and Control

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This unit provides an overview of how to identify and control workplace hazards that can cause workplace injuries and illnesses. After examining how to identify and control workplace hazards in general, our attention then turns to more specific kinds of hazards—physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psycho-social hazards. We will also look at how the structure of work itself can be harmful to workers’ health, as well as the effect of race and gender on safety outcomes.

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After completing this unit, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the major types of workplace hazards and hazard controls?
  2. How can the major physical, chemical, and biological risks in the workplace be controlled?
  3. Why do we have so little data about chemical toxicity in the workplace? What does this tell us about the effectiveness of hazard prevention efforts?
  4. What are the best methods to prevent workplace violence and harassment?
  5. In what ways is precarious work hazardous to worker health?
  6. Why are race and gender relevant to the study of OHS?