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NIOSH Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers: training and awareness of employer safety procedures.
Steege-AL; Boiano-JM; Sweeney-MH
Am J Ind Med 2014 Jun; 57(6):640-652
Background: The Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers describes current practices used to minimize chemical exposures and barriers to using recommended personal protective equipment for the following: antineoplastic drugs, anesthetic gases, high level disinfectants, surgical smoke, aerosolized medications (pentamidine, ribavirin, and antibiotics), and chemical sterilants. Methods: Twenty-one healthcare professional practice organizations collaborated with NIOSH to develop and implement the web-based survey. Results: Twelve thousand twenty-eight respondents included professional, technical, and support occupations which routinely come in contact with the targeted hazardous chemicals. Chemical-specific safe handling training was lowest for aerosolized antibiotics (52%, n=316), and surgical smoke (57%, n=4,747). Reported employer procedures for minimizing exposure was lowest for surgical smoke (32%, n=4,746) and anesthetic gases (56%, n=3,604). Conclusions: Training and having procedures in place to minimize exposure to these chemicals is one indication of employer and worker safety awareness. Safe handling practices for use of these chemicals will be reported in subsequent papers.
Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Training; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Work-practices; Health-surveys; Materials-handling; Hazardous-materials; Antineoplastic-agents; Chemotherapy; Drug-therapy; Drugs; Personal-protective-equipment; Anesthetics; Gases; Disinfectants; Aerosol-particles; Medicinal-chemicals; Medical-treatment; Antibiotics; Smoke-inhalation; Surgery; Professional-workers; Medical-personnel; Toxic-gases; Toxic-materials; Toxic-vapors; Employee-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Surveillance-programs; Author Keywords: web-based survey; cognitive testing; healthcare worker; training; employer safe handling procedures; self-report; professional practice organization
Andrea Steege, Ph.D., MPH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R18, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division