Work Environment

 

Your work environment includes factors such as

Noise   •   Lighting   •   Temperature   •   Indoor Air Quality

A safe and healthy work environment is good for your workers as well as your business as it improves job satisfaction, productivity and reduces costs related to absenteeism, turnover, workers’ compensation, and medical claims.

Learn more about the importance, benefits and how to improve your work environment using the following topic-specific resources:

NOISE

We experience sound and noise in our daily life, normally at a safe level that does not damage our hearing.
However, sound can be extremely harmful when at too high a frequency and when experienced over a long period.

Learn more about the types of noise, noise limits and the effects of prolonged exposure to high levels of noise with our wide range of resources:

Noise – Its Effects and Methods to Reduce Exposure

A presentation by James Miuccio, MSc, CIH, OHCOW Occupational Hygienist

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Doing Something About Workplace Noise

A 2-page infographic created to mark the 26th Annual International Noise Awareness Day.

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LIGHTING

Proper lighting in your work space is essential to both your health and safety.

Insufficient or improper lighting can cause eye strain leading to headaches, even migraines.
It can also cause accidents due to poor visibility.

Use the following resources to learn more about the importance of workplace lighting:

TEMPERATURE
Heat / Cold

Working in extreme temperatures can be hazardous to your health.
From heat stress and sun stroke to hypothermia and snow shovelling, we cover a wide range of health effects with valuable resources.

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INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ)
“Sick Building Syndrome”

Indoor Air Quality is an important component of your work environment.

Poor indoor air quality can lead to headaches, fatigue, eye, nose, throat and skin irritations as well as the spread of colds and the flu.

It can also be responsible for Building-Related Illnesses (BRI) such as Legionnaires’s Disease, Pontiac Fever, Aspergillosis, SARS, Tuberculosis, Rubeolla.

Use the following resources to learn more about the causes, effects, and prevention of Sick Building Syndrome by improving indoor air quality using the following resources:

Doing Something About Indoor Air Quality

A presentation by John Oudyk, MSc, CIH, ROH, OHCOW Occupational Hygienist, covers thermal comfort, ventilation, contaminants, investigation techniques, personal health factors, stress and prevention resources.

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AirAssess

A free app that reviews answers to questions about your work environment, symptoms, workplace stress levels and allergies and provides ideas to help you and your workplace take action on these air quality issues.

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