Environmental Hazards And Environmental Health Hazards

1096 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Humans are constantly interacting with the environment. As a result, maintaining a healthy environment is key to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life. Globally, nearly one-quarter of the global disease burden, and more than one-third of the burden among children, is due to modifiable environmental factors. (Prüss-Üstün, 2006). Environmental health hazards generally fall into one of three categories: physical, chemical, or biological. The impact an environmental hazard may have on the health of an individual can be greatly affected by the person’s genetics, life style, and their risk perceptions. The influence of poor environmental quality on health is greater in people whose health status is already at risk. Therefore, environmental health must address the societal and environmental factors that increase the likelihood of exposure and disease.
Physical Hazards
The physical environment can have a strong influence on both the health of an individual overall and several determinants of health. When a person is exposed to contaminants in the physical environment, various adverse health effects may be produced. The degree to which someone is affected by contaminants varies depending on the degree and intensity of exposure. The physical environment includes many aspects of our daily lives. For example: the food we eat, the water we drink and use for recreational purposes, the air we breathe, the infrastructure we have built, and the alterations we have made to our…
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