Individual Differences. Individual differences include the following:
(1) Work practices.
(2) Age and size.
(3) General, physical, and emotional health.
(4) Allergies and sensitivities.
(5) Levels of exertion.
(6) Combination of chemicals in the body, which depends on what
medications you are taking and whether or not you smoke tobacco or drink alcoholic
Section III. TYPES OF PHYSICAL AND HEALTH HAZARDS
Section II above stated that The Hazard Communication Standard covers both
physical hazards and health hazards. This section introduces you to the different types
of hazards in each of these two main categories. It will help you understand how each
type of hazard can affect your health and safety.
TYPES OF PHYSICAL HAZARDS
a. Physical hazards are chemicals that can cause explosions, fires, violent
chemical reactions, or other hazardous situations.
Physical hazards include:
(1) Compressed gases. Compressed gases contain a great deal of stored
energy. They are physical hazards because the sudden release of this energy is
(2) Explosives. Explosives cause a sudden release of pressure and heat.
(3) Fire hazards. Fire hazards ignite and burn easily or cause/support fire
in other materials.
(4) Unstable/reactive chemicals. Unstable/reactive chemicals produce or
release hazards under commonly occurring temperatures, pressures, or light conditions.