Health Safety Hazards

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Healthcare Professionals are facing a complex variety of potential health and safety hazards while them doing their job in a hospital every day. The hazards are included musculoskeletal diseases, back injuries, latex allergies, violence, needlestick injuries and stress. Some of the hazards are unavoidable and healthcare professionals have to take precaution to prevent, reduce or eliminate these occupational hazards. According to a statistics of occupational accident prepared by the Malaysia Department of Occupational Safety and Health for 2011, agriculture and manufacturing were the 1st and 2nd ranking while public service was the 3rd highest ranking. The rate of occupational injuries and illness of healthcare professionals have been increasing…show more content…
These hazards may have immediate effects on the health of healthcare professionals. It is important for healthcare employers to ensure a safe working environment and should be alert to protect the healthcare professionals from these physical hazards. It is also a unique challenge for healthcare employers and healthcare professionals because they not only control and minimize workplace hazards and they also needed to consider health and wellbeing of patients in hospital. Ergonomic Hazards Ergonomic Hazards include lifting, pushing or pulling heavy equipment, repeated awkward postures or motions, ergonomic injuries from patient lifting and handling can lead the healthcare professionals to injuries and illness in the occupational environment. Many hospital professionals working in laundry, laboratory, pharmacy, density, administrative, nursing, surgery are exposed to prolonged sitting or standing. Sitting or standing for a long time may cause the musculoskeletal system more stressful than dynamic
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As such, they refer those interactions that prove to have a hazardous influence over employees’ health through their perceptions and experience” (ILO, 1986). It is one of health hazard faced by healthcare professionals in hospital. The hazard include job demands(work overload, high levels of time pressure and inflexible work schedules or lack of task control), organizational factors (poor communication, unfair management practices and low levels of interpersonal relationship), training and career development issues and poor organizational climate (lack of management commitment to core values or lack of definition of organizational

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