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Environmental Hazards are hazards that everyone is exposed to in their everyday lives. These hazards are part of nature but can be very harmful if the proper precautions aren't taken.

Often we do not have a choice regarding whether or not we may be exposed to environmental hazards.  However, we are usually able to make lifestyle and occupational choices that may increase our risk of exposure to things that may adversely affect our health, such as hazardous chemicals and metals, radiation, pathogenic microorganisms and other things in the environment that are bad for our health.

This unit will discuss some diseases and hazards associated with the environment and occupational choices.

By the end of this lesson you should be able to:

  • Identify the type of environmental hazard from the health effects seen.
  • Identify the sources of exposure and some properties of the hazard.

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