When you think about it, most of us spend a lot of time at work. Whether we like to admit it or not, work can have a great impact on our health and general well-being, for better or for worse.
Work can be a source of great satisfaction - getting that project finished, landing the big client, or truly helping a customer - all of these can help us be happier and healthier. But work can also be a cause of frustration and stress, and for some people, depending on where they work and what they do, it can be hazardous to their health.
How can my job affect my health?
People often ask this question but it is a hard one to answer. A certain job can have many health hazards or just a few. Every workplace environment is unique. What makes a job dangerous can come from a large range of factors, including, but not limited to:
Measure Risk Levels
In general, how severely your health is affected depends on how much you are exposed and how long you are exposed to the risk factor.
For some factors, it may be possible to measure the level of risk. In these cases, employers can carry out a job hazard analysis. This would find out how much risk workers may be exposed to as they do various tasks.
If workers are exposed to any hazard, this should be controlled as safetly as possible. If you notice health problems resulting from your work, contact your family doctor, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), union representative, occupational health and safety committee representative or your manager.
There are laws to help keep your workplace safe. Find out which laws apply in your area by contacting your local government office responsible for occupational health and safety.
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