Diseases, Not Accidents, Are the Biggest Health and Safety Challenge in the Workplace

Here are some sobering and surprising numbers about workplace health and safety: 2.4 million deaths globally are attributable to work-related diseases. Many of these diseases are born from exposure to chemicals and other workplace hazards over long periods of time. These diseases represent 85 percent of all work-related deaths every year. They will claim 270 lives in the next hour and every hour after that. That’s the equivalent of the death toll of the 9/11 terrorist attacks every 11 hours.

The problem is getting worse as you read this. In 2015, there were 2.4 million deaths that were attributable to work-related disease, which represents an increase of 0.4 million over 2011.

It seems astonishing that a problem of this magnitude should not only exist in the 21st century, but that it could be getting worse. Yet work-related disease presents significant challenges for even the most attentive and meticulous organizations. Many of these diseases are the result of hidden hazards that are difficult to anticipate and control, with many organizations lacking the expertise to confront and challenge them. Further, some diseases, such as lung cancer, laryngeal cancer and ovarian cancer that result from exposure to elements such as asbestos, can have long latency periods that defy detection or symptoms for several years.

Industrial hygiene is the practice of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, preventing and controlling the factors that contribute to this epidemic. Its practitioners are dedicated not only to protecting the lives and health of workers, but to ensuring that the industrial hygiene approach delivers value to the entire business.

In our new webinar, “What is Industrial Hygiene Anyway?”, Zaheen Fatima, Health Solutions Product Manager at Intelex, explores the background and value of industrial hygiene in the workplace and how you can apply its methods to your organization. You’ll learn about:

  • the challenges of work-related disease
  • how industrial hygiene can confront those challenges
  • the core competencies you need to have, and
  • the value of an industrial hygiene approach for your organization.

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