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      Guidelines for health care workers 1988
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      "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." - NIOSHTIC-2 NPIN 10356: "This manual provides guidelines on protecting the health and safety of hospital workers. It presents an overview of hazards commonly found in hospitals and looks at methods for developing health and safety programs. The manual then examines noninfectious health hazards, the risk of infectious diseases, such as Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and possible safety hazards. It considers methods for disposing of hazardous wastes. Following an introductory section, it looks at the development of hospital safety and health programs, including the enlisting of administrative support and how to identify and evaluate hazards. The third section presents recommended guidelines that involve physical exertion; compressed gases; flammable and combustible liquids, vapors, and gases; electrical equipment; food service; housekeeping; laundry; maintenance engineering; office areas; print shops; patient care areas; pharmacy; laboratories; surgical services; and temporary personnel. The fourth and fifth sections recommend guidlines for controlling infectious disease haazards and for controlling noninfectious health hazards. It concludes with a section on hazardous waste disposal." NIOSHTIC No 00185949
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      "The material in this report was originally prepared by: Molly Joel Coye and Stephen B. Mooser, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies (DSHEFS) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Sandra E. Bonzo Division of Standards Development and Technology Transfer (DSDTT)." - p. xvii Includes bibliographies.
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