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Physical Hazards of the Workplace

2nd Edition

By Barry Spurlock

CRC Press

282 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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The recognition and control of hazards in the work environment are the cornerstone of every company’s safety and health plan. Every workplace contains dangers, especially those devoted to technology, machinery, and potentially hazardous material. This book provides you with the information you need to understand the regulations that provide for facility safety and their successful implementation for profitable management of any business.


  • Explores both occupational and environmental hazards
  • Describes the workplace threats from machines, confined spaces, chemicals, personnel, cumulative trauma, environmental issues, electricity, noise, fire and explosion, and the risk of falling
  • Provides measures to protect the eyes, the head, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, and more
  • Details common fire protection countermeasures from an experienced firefighter and fire instructor
  • Addresses ladders, scaffolding and OSHA fall protection standards
  • Includes sections on PPE, laser safety, and forklifts

Table of Contents

Systematically Managing Hazards in the Workplace. Ergonomics. Respiratory Hazards. Fire and Explosion Hazards. Confined Space Hazards. Electrical Hazards. Machine Guarding Hazards. Fall Hazards. Occupational Noise Hazards. Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP). Emergency and Disaster Response Hazards. Workplace Violence.

About the Author

Barry S. Spurlock is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University in the College of Justice and Safety, and the Managing Member Attorney with Spurlock Law, PLLC. In addition to being a practicing attorney, he is also a Board Certified Safety Professional. At EKU, Barry teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as workers’ compensation and labor law, workers’ compensation management, occupational safety management, safety performance measurement and workplace hazard identification and control. Prior to being a full-time faculty member at EKU, Barry practiced employment law full time and devoted a significant amount of his practice to representing and advising employers on OSHA matters. Before becoming an attorney, Barry worked for over 16 years as a safety and environmental professional in the steel, food and insurance industries. He also served as an adjunct faculty for Indiana University for over a decade, and while there developed one of the first courses on safety performance measurement to be offered at any university. Barry holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Safety and Risk Management, and a Master of Science in Loss Prevention and Safety Administration, both from Eastern Kentucky University. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Barry is an active member of ASSE and currently serves the Louisville Chapter as a past president and as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He is also a member of ASSE’s National Government Affairs Committee. Barry has authored articles for the American Bar Association’s Tort & Insurance Practice Specialty’s Worker’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability periodical, and is co-author of the book "Chomp Comp; The Small Business Guide to Lower Worker’s Compensation Premiums." He is a frequent speaker at the most prestigious national safety conferences.

About the Series

Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

The aim of this series is to develop books to address the myriad of unique topics which are encompassed within the areas of responsibility of a safety professional. The scope of the series is broad addressing traditional occupational safety and health topics as well as emerging and correlating topic areas such as ergonomics, security, labor, school safety, employment, workplace violence, and other topics. Safety professionals often assume a broad spectrum of responsibilities, depending on the organization, which go beyond the traditional safety professional’s role. This series should become the "one stop" source for safety professionals to locate texts on traditional as well as emerging and correlating subjects related to the safety and health function.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety