Exposure to harmful substances or environments
In 2019, exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in 36,840 nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, and 642 fatalities. Nearly half of these deaths (313) involved nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol resulting in unintentional overdoses. Since 2011, fatal workplace overdoses have increased 328%.
This category spans a wide variety of workplace exposure hazards, including:
- Radiation and noise
- Temperature extremes
- Air and water pressure change
- Harmful substances (including unintentional overdoses from nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol)
- Oxygen deficiency
- Traumatic or stressful events
This infographic provides an overview of the nonfatal trends involving days away from work, including nature of injury, part of body injured, and industry. Explore the data details tab for information on fatal injuries, injury rates, and historic trends.