safety factor

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Strictly speaking, the opposite of a risk factor, but in practice the term applies to specific protective measures in industry and when working with moving machinery, including driving a vehicle. Safety factors include adequate illumination; clean, dust-free, tidy work sites; barriers to shield workers from moving machinery and other hazards; accessible showers if chemical spills could occur; fire extinguishers; use of hard hats, steel-capped shoes, protective goggles, and seat belts or equivalent safety harness when driving a vehicle; and warning notices about hazards. Some are mandated by traffic laws or occupational safety regulations, some are voluntary, with the incentive of favorable insurance rates to encourage their use.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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