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You can help prevent the most common accidents in the workplace.

Amputations    

Amputations are some of the most serious and debilitating workplace injuries. They are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment.

Amputations (National Directive)
Amputations Brochure

Combustible Dust

Any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosive. Even materials that do not burn in larger pieces (such as aluminum or iron), given the proper conditions, can be explosible in dust form.

Combustible Dust (National Directive)

Hexavalent Chromium

Hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] is one of the valence states (+6) of the element chromium. It is usually produced by an industrial process. Cr(VI) is known to cause cancer. In addition, it targets the respiratory system, kidneys, liver, skin and eyes. A major source of worker exposure to Cr(VI) occurs during "hot work" such as welding on stainless steel and other alloy steels containing chromium metal. Cr(VI) compounds may be used as pigments in dyes, paints, inks, and plastics. It also may be used as an anticorrosive agent added to paints, primers, and other surface coatings. The Cr(VI) compound chromic acid is used to electroplate chromium onto metal parts to provide a decorative or protective coating.

Hexavalent Chromium (National Directive)

Lead

Lead enters the body primarily through inhalation and ingestion. People are mainly exposed to lead by breathing in lead-containing dust and fumes at work, or from hobbies that involve lead.  Lead passes through the lungs into the blood where it can harm many of the body's organ systems.  While inorganic lead does not readily enter the body through the skin, it can enter the body through accidental ingestion (eating, drinking, and smoking) via contaminated hands, clothing, and surfaces. Workers may develop a variety of ailments, such as neurological effects, gastrointestinal effects, anemia, and kidney disease.

Lead (National Directive)

Cave-ins

Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are much more likely than other excavation-related accidents to result in worker fatalities. Other potential hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving mobile equipment. One cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. An unprotected trench is an early grave.

Trenching And Excavation (National Directive)
Trenching and Excavation Brochure

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Although it has no detectable odor, CO is often mixed with other gases that do have an odor. For instance, you can inhale carbon monoxide right along with gases that you can smell and not even know that CO is present.

Carbon Monoxide (Tennessee Directive)
Carbon Monoxide Brochure

Falls

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the workplace to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

Falls (Tennessee Directive)
Fall Protection Brochure
Fall Protection Poster

Noise

Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Neither surgery nor a hearing aid can help correct this type of hearing loss. Short term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a ringing in your ears (tinnitus). Noise-induced hearing loss limits your ability to hear high frequency sounds, understand speech, and seriously impairs your ability to communicate.

Noise (Tennessee Directive)
Noise Brochure

Dental Offices

Employees of dental practices are commonly exposed to an array of industrial health hazards such as exposure to infectious materials as well as hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Dental Office Directive
Dental FAQs