Environmental Hazards

Definition

Environmental hazard’ is the state of events which has the potential to threaten the surrounding natural environment and adversely affect people’s health. This term incorporates topics like pollution and natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes. Hazards can be categorized in five types:

  1. Chemical
  2. Physical
  3. Mechanical
  4. Biological
  5. Psychosocial
  • Environmental Hazards are sudden events in nature that cause people problems. This site contains two detailed case studies for you to investigate. One looks at a flash flood in Inverness and the other a volcanic eruption on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat.

Rememeber:

Environmental Hazards are hazards that everyone is exposed to in their everyday lives. These hazards are part of nature but can be very harmful if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Often we do not have a choice regarding whether or not we may be exposed to environmental hazards.  However, we are usually able to make lifestyle and occupational choices that may increase our risk of exposure to things that may adversely affect our health, such as hazardous chemicals and metals, radiation, pathogenic microorganisms and other things in the environment that are bad for our health.

 

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