• The Adverse Health Effects of Communication

The Adverse Health Effects of Communication

Who would have thought that the simple art of communication could actually pose a serious health and safety risk in the workplace? When workplace risks cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level following the hierarchy of controls: elimination, substitution, isolation, engineering and administrative controls, then the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) provides the best line of defence to protect workers against a variety of hazardous exposures. Then why is it that many workers in industrial and commercial environments risk their health and safety to communicate by either:

  1. Not using PPE
  2. Not wearing it in an appropriate manner
  3. Not wearing it at the appropriate times
The factors mentioned above leaves workers exposed to the dangers they are supposed to be protected from, leading to dire consequences that could otherwise have been avoided. Could it be that in some scenarios there is a perception that the use of PPE may actually pose a safety risk? Without effective management, that is, providing (or using) appropriate equipment relative to the work environment, it could potentially pose a serious health and safety risk.

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