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occupational hazard




occupational hazard (plural occupational hazards)

  1. A substantial risk to a worker's physical or mental well-being which is present in a certain task, job, or profession.
    • 1984, Richard Lacayo et al., "Show Business: Audiences Love to Hate Them," Time, 9 July:
      They are the abrasive breed of radio and television personalities, most of them talk-show hosts, who treat their profession as a verbal adjunct to street fighting. . . . Threats and sometimes violence are indeed an occupational hazard.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) An unpleasant, inconvenient, or unusual circumstance which occurs or is likely to occur during the course of one's employment.