What is Occupational health?

  • 50% of his/her waking hours in the workplace.
  • This implies that the kind of environment we end up working in has a huge influence on our overall health and well-being.
  • Occupational health, thus, encompasses a multidisciplinary entity that focuses on the health (both physical and mental) of workers employed in different sectors.
  • A work environment which is rife with risk factors that adversely affect your health contributes to occupational hazards and diseases.
  • Health risk at work could be spawned by a number of

-toxic gases and chemicals,
-harmful radiation,
-extreme temperatures,
-deadly pathogens,
-unhealthy level of noise,
-ergonomic hazards, and
-even psychosocial factors such as work-related stress
which could the shape of anxiety and depressive disorders.