exposed to excessive and unnecessary air contaminants such as cadmium and

Exposed to excessive and unnecessary air contaminants

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exposed to excessive and unnecessary air contaminants such as cadmium and hexavalent chromium, and this made some of the employees to develop respiratory diseases and even cancer. Apart from failing to determine through testing if the employees' chemical exposures were below the action levels, the employer also failed to administer a respiratory protection programme. Importantly, as a way of improving the situation, the employer tried to train the employees on the importance of wearing personal protective equipment to prevent them from the exposure. However, the use of personal protective equipment was not effective. Instead, the employer could have implemented a safety and health management system that is more effective. An example of an effective health management system could have been one aimed at identifying the workplace hazards (air contaminants) and reducing their likelihood of harming the workers.
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Reference United States Department of Labor. (January 20, 2017). Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retrieved from
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  • Occupational safety and health, United States Air Force

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