Introduction:Safety aspects are prominent in engineering practice - for example electrocution hazards in electrical work, and trauma such as lacerations, amputations or worse in mechanical work. However due consideration also needs to be given to ill-health arising from other hazards. Some of these will be outlined in this page, which is still in preparation.
Physical Hazards to Health:Various forms of energy can be hazardous in engineering. These include microwaves through to light and other non-ionising or higher energy ionising electromagnetic radiation.
Chemical Hazards to Health:
The image alongside illustrates the basic tools and materials for soldering - a suitable source of heat, and the solder. The health hazards associated with this process need to be considered. An important one relates to a component not immediately evident in the image - namely the flux (in this case colophony) which is present as core within the solder. Exposure to colophony fume can pose a significant risk of occupational asthma.
Work with various metals can also present hazards to health e.g:asbestos.
Biological hazards to health:Biological hazards to health are not common in engineering, but cam occur. They could range from Legionnaire's disease from the contamination of cooling towers with Legionella pneumophila, toLeptospirosis (infection with Leptospira sp.) from contamination of water.