Air Pollution and Workplace Safety: We all aware that air pollution is bad for our health. Research has also shown evidence of pollution’s negative effects on our environment. But recent research has gone further, starting to catalog how pollution might affect our productivity. Several studies have demonstrated that pollution reduces the output of both farm workers and factory workers. When pollution levels, namely outdoor ozone and indoor particulate matter, increase, physical laborers can’t help but slow down.
This article will discuss ways in which air pollution affects workplace safety and a worker’s individual safety.
1. Reduction in Worker’s Productivity.
Organization invest so much and a great deal of time and money in interventions that claim to increase workers’ productivity through on-the-job training, new protocols, advice from consultants, and so on.
Recent research has gone further, starting to catalog how pollution might affect our productivity. Several studies have demonstrated that pollution reduces the output of both farm workers and factory workers. When pollution levels like outdoor ozone and indoor particulate matter increase, physical laborers can’t help but slow down their work.
2. Increases chances of diseases and aliment.
Particulate matter is small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream, and it even travels along the axons of the olfactory and trigeminal nerves into the central nervous system (CNS), where it can become embedded deep within the brain stem. This, in turn, can cause inflammation of the CNS, cortical stress, and cerebrovascular damage. Greater exposure to fine particles is associated with lower intelligence and diminished performance over a range of cognitive domains. Situations like this often lead to serious health decline in which most of these employees may not have direct access to good medical treatment.
3. It diminishes cognitive reasoning level.
Exposure to particles is often associated with lower intelligence and diminished performance over a range of cognitive domains. This often leads to a negative impact on the reasoning abilities of staffs.
4. Create an uncomfortable environment.
Everyone would often appreciate staying in an environment which is comfortable both for work and, of course, their health. Air polluted environment is not something any safety personnel will love to discuss. In fact, it is the obligation of the employer of labor to provide a good medical condition that will not decline the health of the staffs. While organizations are interested in fixing this, the issues of air pollution poses more deadly penalty if it is not taken seriously from the onset.
5. Creates a complicated working environment.
Air pollution creates a more complicated working environment compared to all other forms of pollution. This is due to the fact that deadly substances can be inhaled in an air-polluted environment by employees, which at the end has an uncontrollable effect on their health. Also, the range of destruction that can be caused by air pollution at the workplace is often unfathomable. This makes air pollution more complicated and therefore creates a higher level of complications for both organization and employees.
Every form of pollution is very dangerous to health and the environment of any workplace, although research has shown that air pollution creates more complications due to movement of particulate matter around the environment.