Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments


In 2016, exposure to harmful substances or environments resulted in 38,490 nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, and 518 fatalities. This category spans a wide variety of workplace exposure hazards, including:

  • Electricity
  • Radiation and noise
  • Temperature extremes
  • Air and water pressure change
  • Harmful substances
  • 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.

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