Human Resources

Physical hazards 

Physical hazards include:

  • Work equipment and machinery

  • Transport safety

  • Construction and demolition

  • Electrical safety

  • Temperature

  • Noise and vibration

  • Radiation (ionising and non-ionising [lasers, microwaves, UV])

Temperature

The University is obliged under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, to provide a reasonable temperature for working.  According to the Approved Code of Practice the minimum temperature in workrooms should be a minimum 16 degrees Celsius – or 13 degrees Celsius if the work involves severe physical effort.

Both cold and heat stress can be result when an employee is exposed to extremes of temperature.  A risk assessment is useful in determining who is most likely to become exposed and subsequently what control measures should be implemented to reduce the risk.