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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

8 Hazardous Jobs In The Healthcare Industry

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The most hazardous jobs in the healthcare industry are those whose workers deal with handling hazardous drugs or disposing of hazardous biological waste.

The National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health (NIOSH) has revised and republished informational material concerning the health hazards to healthcare workers were exposed to hazardous drugs. The publication directs attention for the medical surveillance of healthcare workers who come in contact with hazardous drugs or dispose of hazardous biological waste.

Healthcare workers who prepare, administer or transport hazardous drugs or dispose of hazardous drug waste may face risks to their own health such as skin disorders, reproductive disorders, and possibly cancer.

1. Pharmacists and pharmacy  technicians
2. Nurses (RNs, ARNPs, LPNs)
3. Physicians and physician assistants
4. Operating room personnel
5. Home healthcare workers
6. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians 
7. Environmental service workers (housekeeping, laundry, maintenance workers)
8. Workers who ship, transport, or receive hazardous drugs 

The information provided by NIOSH is useful to identify and correct preventable failures that lead to disease. Early identification of health problems can also benefit individual workers.