What Are Some Workplace Safety Topics?

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Fire protection, means of egress, medical first aid, hazardous materials and personal protective equipment are some of the topics for workplace safety, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The topics also include walking and working surfaces, environmental controls, compressed gas equipment, machine guarding, and electrical safety.

Occupational and general environmental control deals with ventilation, noise exposure, radiation and sanitation, states OSHA. The safety topics cover construction work, shipyard work and marine terminals among others. Guidelines about walking and working surfaces regulate stairs, fixed and portable ladders, and scaffolding. Maintenance and safeguarding exit routes, emergency action plans and fire prevention plans are subtopics in means of egress.

There are separate guidelines for handling compressed hydrogen, oxygen, acetylene and nitrous oxide, notes OSHA. Flammable and combustible liquids, explosives, blasting agents, liquefied petroleum gases, and anhydrous ammonia have safety precautions specific to those substances. OSHA provides a list of highly hazardous chemicals, toxic substances and reactive material. The topic on personal protective equipment details the use of helmets, eye goggles, gloves, shoes and respirators. Bodywear for electrical protection is also included in this topic.

Safety and health in the mining industry is also another topic, notes the U.S. Department of Labor.