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Notices to Readers NIOSH Guidelines for Protecting the Safety and Health of Health-Care Workers

Compared with the total civilian population, health-care workers file a greater number of workers' compensation claims for sprains and strains, infections, parasitic diseases, dermatitis, viral hepatitis, mental disorders, eye diseases, influenza, and toxic hepatitis. To help reduce the incidence of injury and disease among health-care workers, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published Guidelines for Protecting the Safety and Health of Health Care Workers (1).*

This comprehensive publication addresses all major health and safety hazards that workers encounter in hospitals and other health-care facilities. It includes an overview of hospital hazards; methods for developing hospital safety and health programs; methods for disposing of hazardous wastes; a list of occupational safety and health agencies and resource organizations; and discussions of safety hazards, infectious diseases, and noninfectious health hazards.

The guidelines presented in this document incorporate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and the most recent CDC-recommended NIOSH standards and guidelines, including those for protecting health-care workers from occupational transmission of hepatitis B virus, human immunodeficiency virus, and other bloodborne pathogens. The document also contains specific information from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Reported by: Div of Standards Development and Technology Transfer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC.


  1. NIOSH. Guidelines for protecting the safety and health of health care workers. Cincinnati, Ohio: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1988; DHHS publication no. (NIOSH)88-119.

    • Single copies are available without charge from the Publications Dissemination Section, DSDTT, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; telephone (513) 533-8287.

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