E-Fact 40 - Risk assessment and needlestick injuries

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2008

Description

The health of workers, particularly those in the health and welfare sectors, is at risk from exposure to blood-borne pathogens at work, often as a result of an injury sustained by a worker. This e-fact gives information on the hazards and risks relating to needlestick injuries and on the assessment of such risks.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Activités vétérinaires
Activités de nettoyage
SANTÉ HUMAINE ET ACTION SOCIALE
Coiffure et soins de beauté
Services funéraires
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Beauty Culture
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Contact with Humans or Animals
Medical and Dental Services
Working Indoors
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Viruses
Bacteria
Hazard - physical state: 
Liquids
Hazard - health effects: 
Infection
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ocular (through eyes)
Sharps and cuts
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Other
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Supervisor
Trainees
Trainers
Workers
Workers representatives

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