The environmental industry is a diverse sector focusing on the natural environment. From contaminated land consultants, to site assessors, conservationists and researchers, to contractors performing drilling and other sampling works. Many organisations have workers exposed to hazards associated with the natural environment. As urbanisation continues, and industrial land increases in value, the community's interactions with both contaminated and 'green fields' environments are expected to increase.
The nature of the work being performed will strongly influence how the organisation prepares for these hazards. But some measures to manage hazards common in many workplaces include:
- being sun-smart. Rates of occupational cancer are rising, and by wearing appropriate clothing, using sun-screen and taking other simple precautions, the impacts from UV rays can be substantially mitigated.
- preparing for interactions with flora and fauna. Stocking first aid kits, training staff, and avoiding more hazardous areas such as long grass, can reduce the likelihood of incidents.
- using PPE. Protective gloves can prevent dermal infection with contaminated materials.
There are many other hazards and activities in this complex industry. With our deep technical knowledge and diverse experience, Heinrichs Safety can guide you through this risk. By planning for each of these hazards your business will be safer and more profitable.