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Worker Safety Resources

According to the CDC, healthcare has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Healthcare workers may encounter several serious safety and health hazards in their work environment. These include chemical hazards (solvents, adhesives, paints, toxic dusts, etc.), physical hazards (noise, radiation, heat, etc.), biological hazards (infectious diseases), and ergonomic risk factors (heavy lifting, repetitive motions, vibration).

,,Effective leaders contribute to improvements in workplace safety and prioritize safety culture and safety measures every day. This means that hazardous tasks and conditions, exposures, and situations must be recognized and strategies for hazard elimination and control must be developed, implemented, and evaluated.,,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)

Resources by Topic

Select from the icons below to access resources with actionable strategies focused on each of these hazard types.
Biological hazards are disease producing agents (pathogens) that can be transmitted through various direct and indirect modes in clinical settings.
Chemical hazards include medications, solutions, gases, vapors, aerosols, and particulate matter that are potentially toxic or irritating to the body system.
Enviro-mechanical hazards are aspects of the workplace that can cause or increase risk for accidents, injuries, strains, or discomfort.
Physical hazards are workplace agents, factors or circumstances that can cause tissue damage by transfer of energy from the agent to the person.