Environmental Conditions data elements provide a systematic means to describe surroundings or settings in which the occupation is found or the job may be performed.
This document offers a general overview and basic descriptions of the Environmental Conditions that are collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS). These definitions are intended to provide information only and are not intended to be used during the course of data collection.
Environmental conditions covered:
- Extreme Cold
- Extreme Heat
- Fumes, Noxious Odors, Dusts, Gases
- Heavy Vibration
- High, Exposed Places
- Noise Intensity Level
- Proximity to Moving, Mechanical Parts
- Toxic, Caustic Chemicals
Exposure to non-weather related temperatures that are:
40 degrees or colder if the exposure is 2/3 or more of the work day
32 degrees or colder if the exposure is for less than 2/3 of the work day
Exposure to non-weather related temperatures that exceed:
85 degrees in a humid atmosphere
90 degrees in a dry atmosphere
Fumes, Noxious Odors, Dusts, Gases
Exposure to such conditions as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and/or poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes, or skin.
Exposure to a shaking object or surface that causes a strain on the body or extremities.
High, Exposed Places
Exposure to possible bodily injury from falling.
Non-weather related exposure to conditions where the air contains a high amount of water or water vapor.
Noise Intensity Level
The noise intensity level to which the worker is exposed in the job:
Quiet, Moderate, Loud and Very Loud
Job requires work outdoors. This does not include the commute to/from work.
Proximity to Moving, Mechanical Parts
Operation of or proximity to materials, mechanical parts, settings, or any moving objects (most commonly moving machinery or equipment) that could cause bodily harm.
Toxic, Caustic Chemicals
Exposure to possible bodily injury from toxic or caustic chemicals.
Any non-weather related contact with water or other liquids.
Last Modified Date: July 10, 2015