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Hazardous substances

It is important to understand the risks associated with hazardous substances in the workplace and how their various forms can differ. This is because the form taken by the substance is a contributing factor to its potential harm.
The form of the substance affects the speed and ease with which it can enter the body and the organs targeted.
Hazardous substances take many forms, the most common are:
  • Smoke is made up of particles that result from incomplete combustion. The particles are a combination of gases and very small particles; they can be in either a solid or liquid state.