Fourth conference on occupational hazards to health care workers, May 15-17, 1989, Seattle, Washington.
The proceedings of a conference on occupational hazards to health care workers were presented. This conference included programs addressing the development of hospital health and safety programs, managing, scheduling, and coping with shift work, current exposures to health care workers, safety issues, medical waste management, hazard communication, protecting health care workers from blood borne diseases, protective equipment and clothing, and needlestick injuries. Subtopics discussed within the programs included a labor/management approach to work environment issues, the role of the union, why managers should be interested in health and safety, the role of FOCUS groups in health and safety programs, NIOSH guidelines and field investigations regarding occupational exposures, antineoplastic drug handlers, the toxicity of glutaraldehyde (111308), medical devices, patient violence, waste management, evaluation of hazard communication programs, proposed OSHA standards for the protection of health care workers from blood borne diseases, legal aspects of worker protection, the ethics of "duty to treat", the human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis, gloves, protective clothing and devices, needlesticks in nursing homes and physicians' offices, causes and prevention of needlestick injuries, and needlestick preventive devices.
Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, University of Washington, Seattle, Co-sponsored by NIOSH, 349 pages, 170 references