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Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-149, 2009 Jun; :1-2
Most people think of the Healthcare and Social Assistance (HCSA) industry as providing clean, sterile and safe places to work. In reality, HCSA workers are exposed to many hazards that can affect their health and well-being. Their work exposes them to life threatening infections, such as SARS, HIV and hepatitis. They work with highly toxic cancer treating drugs and various chemical agents. They perform physically demanding tasks, such as lifting patients. In fact, this sector of the economy is highly hazardous and puts workers at a surprising risk for illness and injury.
Airborne-particles; Health-care-personnel; Drugs; Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Infectious-diseases; Medical-facilities; Medical-personnel; Medical-rescue-services; Medical-research; Medical-services; Medicinal-chemicals; Microorganisms; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Surveillance-programs; NOMS; National Occupational Mortality Surveillance
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-149
Healthcare and Social Assistance
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division