Current and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) issues in the healthcare sector, including home and community care

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2014

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This report gives an overview of the current and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) issues regarding health- and social care workers and how these affect their safety and health at work and influence the quality of care they provide. It combines a literature review with the responses received from a questionnaire sent to OSH experts in all Member States; therefore, findings from the literature are compared with those from the ‘front line’.

The report highlights the challenges facing the sector, including shortages of skilled and experienced professionals, an ageing workforce, increased use of technology requiring new skills and the introduction of new care pathways to tackle multiple chronic conditions.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Zdravotní péče
Ústavní ošetřovatelská péče
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Contact with Humans or Animals
Medical and Dental Services
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Biochemical hazards
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Other
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Gases
Liquids
Solids
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Toxic substances
Infection
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Sharps and cuts
Substance Description: 

Cleaning and disinfectant agents, Hazardous drugs, Anaesthetic gases, Cytostatic drugs, Latex, Nanomaterials, Phthalates (for example DEHP and DBP)

CAS Number: 
98-82-8
75-21-8
50-00-0
10024-97-2
EC number: 
200-849-9
200-001-8
233-032-0
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Guidance
Policy paper
Report
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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