Guidelines for protecting the safety and health of health care workers.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 88-119, 1988 Sep; :1-609
Guidelines compiled by NIOSH were presented for protecting the health and safety of health care workers. The guidelines were aimed at health care workers in hospitals and other health care facilities and were compiled from several sources, among them NIOSH, the Centers for Disease Control, OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Topics included occupational illness and injury among hospital workers, growth of occupational safety and health programs for hospital workers, health service programs and committees, addressing needs for developing hospital safety and health programs, evaluating and controlling hazards, occupational safety and health agencies and organizations, and recommended guidelines for controlling safety and health hazards in hospitals. The guidelines covered such topics as types of safety hazards and hazards specific to each hospital department, infectious disease hazards, noninfectious health hazards (chemicals, physical hazards, ionizing and nonionizing radiation, mutagens and teratogens, dermatological hazards, and stress), and hazardous waste disposal (infectious and noninfectious). A directory of occupational safety and health information for hospitals was provided. It is concluded that adherence to the guidelines should decrease the incidence of disease and injury among health care workers.
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