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Physical environment

The physical work environment can be a source of stress and strain to workers. Employers can help to reduce these stresses by:

  • Ensuring noise levels are kept as low as possible.
  • Improving lighting levels and removing irritating flicker or glare.
  • Improving temperature and ventilation.
  • Providing well designed protective clothing and regular breaks in a warmer environment for workers who have to work in cold conditions or with frozen goods.
  • Providing suitable rest areas away from the workstation for workers to have recuperative breaks.
  • Reducing the need to use vibrating tools.
  • Providing vibration absorbing grips on tools and by maintaining them in a good state of repair.