The factory environment can be debilitating for a miscellany of reasons. Injury, dust, dirt and grease are obvious hazards to health but there are also the hidden effects of radiation and electrical activity and the vibrational energies produced by the presence of crystals. Working with chemicals is dangerous because even if the short-term effects are known and deemed harmless, the long-term effects are rarely known.
In addition, it is the combinations of chemicals that so often prove dangerous, and even if a chemical has been given safety clearance, its effect in conjunction with the 100,000 possible others has not. Monotony and boredom create their own problems, as does the pressure of being in the same areas as many other people.
Adequate ventilation and dust-extraction systems are vital in the modern factory and everyone should be vigilant to ensure that they are being properly maintained to work efficiently. This is most especially the case when working with asbestos or one of the new hard metals - cobalt and titanium, for example.
Every factory floor should be cleaned with industrial vacuum cleaners rather than brushes, and throughout the day rather than just once, at the end of the shift. Make sure your health and safety union representative knows which chemicals are dangerous and which are not -
People working with wood preservatives, for example should avoid those that contain lindane (a nerve posion) TBT or PCP (Pentachlorophenol). Get as much information as you can from the organisation listed in the appendix about the chemicals and metals you work with.
It is known that better protected working conditions should be provided for many categories of workers, but those in the precision tool, aero-plane and weapon industries should take special note if they don't want to become one of those who suffer from the latest industrial hazard, hard metal disease.