Occupational Hazards in Healthcare Facilities

 

Acrylamide Hazards

Acrylamide

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

ACRYLAMIDE

CAMEO Chemicals - Chemical Datasheet

HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

OR OSHA Technical Manual

ACRYLAMIDE

International Chemical Safety Cards

HealthCare Wide Hazards

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Other HealthCare Wide Hazards

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration


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Aerosolized Drug Hazards: Pentamidine and Ribavirin

Exposure of Health Care Workers to Pentamidine Isethionate
J. R. Beach, M. Campbell and D. J. Andrews

Occup. Med. Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 243-245, 1999 (PDF file)

Occupational Risk Factors and Asthma among Health Care Professionals

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007 April 1; 175(7): 667˝675.

Assessing Exposures of Health-Care Personnel to Aerosols of Ribavirin

CDC

HOW YOU CAN BE PROTECTED FROM RIBAVIRIN EXPOSURE

http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ohb/hesis/riba.htm#HOW%20YOU%20CAN%20BE%20PROTECTED

HOSPITAL INVESTIGATIONS: HEALTH HAZARDS

OSHA - U.S.A.

Environmental Exposures of Health Care Personnel to Aerosolized Ribavirin:
Nursing Implications

Deborah Ann Adams, RN, PhD

NIOSH Technical Report: Ribavirin

(PDF file)

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

National Guideline Clearinghouse

Hazardous Drug Exposures in Health Care

CDC / NIOSH

Occupational Risk Factors and Asthma among Health Care Professionals

http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/full/175/7/667


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Anesthetic Gases Hazards

WASTE ANAESTHETIC GASES

ILO

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Anesthetic Gases: Guidelines for Workplace Exposures

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/anestheticgases/index.html

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Waste Anesthetic Gases, Hazards

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/waste_anesthetic.html

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Waste Anesthetic Gases

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/wasteanestheticgases/

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Waste Anesthetic Gases - Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2007-151/

ASTM F1343 - 02 Standard Specification for Anesthetic Gas Scavenging Systems -
Transfer and Receiving Systems

http://www.astm.org/Standards/F1343.htm

Evaluation of genetic damage in operating room personnel exposed to anaesthetic gases

http://mutage.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/21/4/249

Air quality in hospital operating rooms

http://www.sciencedirect.com/

Exposure of Postoperative Nurses to Exhaled Anesthetic Gases

Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol 87, 1083-1088

Control of Nitrous Oxide During Cryosurgery

CDC


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Antineoplastic Agents / Hazardous Drugs

Hazardous Drug Exposures in Health Care

NIOSH

SAFE HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS DRUGS

Duke University (PDF file)

The adverse health effects of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs

Susan Martin, RN, DNSc, AOCN (PDF file)

Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic Agents

CDC / NIOSH

Prevention Guide Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

IRSST Que (PDF file)

Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Pharmacy Workers

Government of Alberta (PDF file)

NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings 2010

NIOSH (PDF file)

NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings 2012

NIOSH (PDF file)

2010-167

Establishing a Hazardous Drug Safety Program

Fred Massoomi, PharmD, FASHP, Bill Neff, RPh, and Amy Pick, PharmD (PDF file)

EXPOSURE TO ANTINEOPLASTIC AGENTS IN THE PHARMACY LABORATORY SETTING AND ONGOING NIOSH STUDIES

THOMAS H. CONNOR, Ph.D. (ppt)

Assessment of the Occupational Dermal Exposure Potential of British Columbian Healthcare Workers to Antineoplastic Drugs

Chun-Yip Hon; Winnie Chu
Worksafe and Wellness, Vancouver Coastal Health;
School of Environmental Health, University of British Columbia (PDF file)

Studying Healthcare Workers' Exposure to Antineoplastic Drugs

UBC School of Environmental Health

Precautions or Universal Precautions Approach to Handling Hazardous Drugs Safely

NIOSH (PDF file)

NIOSH-CDC - Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings

(PDF file)

Antineoplastic Agents - Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-102/

Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Workers Who Work with Hazardous Drugs

CDC

Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic Drugs: An Integrative Research Review

Ministry of Labour Ontario, Canada, eanne Beauchamp Hewitt, RN, PhD (html)

Injury Prevention Resources for Health Care - Prevention Resources

Work Safe BC (html)

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

ASHP Guidelines on Handling Hazardous Drugs

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PDF file)

OSHA work-practice guidelines for personnel dealing with cytotoxic (antineoplastic) drugs. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

http://www.ajhp.org/cgi/content/abstract/43/5/1193

CONTROLLING OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO HAZARDOUS DRUGS
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_vi/otm_vi_2.html

Occupational exposure to hazardous drugsˇrecommendations for oral dosage forms

University of Illinois College of Pharmacy

SAFE HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS DRUGS

Duke University (PDF file)

HOW YOU CAN BE EXPOSED TO RIBAVIRIN AEROSOL

http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ohb/hesis/riba.htm

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

IRSST (PDF file)

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

OJIN Volume 9 - 2004 No 3:

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

National Guideline Clearinghouse

Hazardous Anticancer Drugs in Health Care: environmental exposure assessment

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Sep; 1076:615-23

Handling of Chemotherapeutic Drugs in the OR: Hazards and Safety Considerations

ISBN 978-0-387-48991-9 (Print) 978-0-387-48993-3 (Online)

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

BC Cancer Agency (PDF file)

Cytotoxic Drugs

(PDF file)

Cyclophosphamide Contamination Observed on the External Surfaces of Drug Vials and the Efficacy of Cleaning on Vial Contamination

Annals of Occupational Hygiene 2008 52(8):765-771

Preventing Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings

CDC - NIOSH

Recommendations for the Safe Use of Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs

(PDF file)
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Autoclave Hazards

Autoclave Safety

Cornell University

Laboratory Safety Incidents: Autoclaves

American Industrial Hygiene Association

Autoclaving Waste

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Environment, Health and Safety Office


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Bloodborne Pathogens Hazards

BLOODBORNE INFECTIOUS DISEASES: HIV/AIDS, HEPATITIS B, HEPATITIS C

CDC

2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings

(PDF file)

Bloodborne Pathogens

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Agency

Public Health Agency of Canada - The Biological MSDS
List for Organisms (predominantly bacteria and viruses). Includes Information on Pathogenicity, Epidemiology, Infectious Dose, and Mode of Transmission.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/msds-ftss/index.html

Infection Control

http://www.mtpinnacle.com/htm/infection.html

University of Vermont - Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens

http://esf.uvm.edu/uvmecp/index.html

Protecting Healthcare Workers Worldwide from Occupational Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens

International Healthcare Worker Safety Cente

Occupational Irritant Contact Dermatitis in Healthcare Workers

D i n a h Gould - Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health, South Bank University (PDF file)

Percutaneous Injury, Blood Exposure, and Adherence to Standard Precautions: Are Hospital-Based Health Care Providers Still at Risk?

Clinical Infectious Diseases 2003; 37:1006˝1013

Deaths Due to Bloodborne Infections and their Sequelae Among Health-care Workers

Am J Ind Med. 2008 Nov;51(11):812-24


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Centrifuge Hazards

The Centrifuge Incident

MIT

Centrifuge Explosion Damages Cornell

Cornell

Centrifuge and Rotor Safety Guide

Stony Brook University

Ultracentrifuges: Hazards and Precautions

University of California, Berkeley

Centrifuges - Hazard Report Summary

ECRI Institute

Centrifuges

The University of Utah


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Compressed Gas and Medical Gas Hazards

OSHA - Compressed Gas and Equipment

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/compressedgasequipment/index.html

University of British Columbia - Compressed Gas Hazards

http://www.chem.ubc.ca/safety/safety_manual/hazard_chem_gases.shtml

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Compressed Gas Cylinder Hazard Summary
(with case presentations)

http://www.va.gov/NCPS/SafetyTopics/O2Cylinder.html

Cornell University EHS - Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage and Handling

http://www.med.cornell.edu/ehs/updates/compressed_gases.htm

Air Liquide - Compressed Gas Safety Information

http://www.ca.airliquide.com/en/business/safety/safety.asp

Compressed Gas Association (CGA) - Safety Alerts

http://www.cganet.com/Publication.asp?mode=sa

Compressed Gas Association (CGA) - Medical Gases Standards and Specifications

http://www.cganet.com/publication.asp?mode=m

U.S. FDA • The Hazards Of Medical Gases

http://www.enotalone.com/article/8695.html

U.S. FDA ´ Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - Medical Gas Mix-Ups

http://www.fda.gov/cder/dmpq/medgas_mixup/default.htm


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Confined Space Entry Hazards

WORKING IN CONFINED SPACES - Ontario Ministry of Labour

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/news/2006/06-86b.html

ONTARIO REGULATION 632/05 - CONFINED SPACES

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_050632_e.htm

ONTARIO REG. 631/05, Confined Spaces - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

(Health Care and Residential Facilities)

OntarioÝs New Confined Space Regulations

Pinchin Environmental Newsletter

Confined Spaces - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/confinedspace/

Permit-Required Confined Spaces

U.S. Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR)


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Cryogenic Hazards

Hazard-Specific Issues - Cryogenics

Health Canada

Cryogenic Liquids and their Hazards

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Liquid Nitrogen Handling and Use

Cornell University Office of Environmental Health and Safety


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Disinfectant Hazards

Sterilants and Disinfectants in Healthcare Facilities

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (html)

Reducing Ethylene Oxide and Glutaraldehyde Use

U.S. EPA (PDF file)

CDC Guideline for Disinfection and and Sterilization in Healthcare - 2008

CDC (PDF file)

GLUTARALDEHYDE

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Endoscope Reprocessing: Guidance on the Requirements for Decontamination Equipment, Facilities and Management

Endoscope Reprocessing: Guidance on the Requirements for Decontamination Equipment, Facilities and Management (PDF file)

Occupational Exposure to Cidex

(ppt)

Sterilants and Disinfectants in Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare Environmental Resource Centre

Chemical Information Profile for o-Phthalaldehyde (OPA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (PDF file)

Glutaraldehyde ˝ Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

CDC / NIOSH

Guidelines for Protecting the Safety and Health of Health Care Workers

CDC / NIOSH

Hospital eTool - Healthcare Wide Hazards Module: Glutaraldehyde

Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S.A. (html)

CDC - Occupational Hazards in Hospitals - Glutaraldehyde

CDC (PDF file)

Best Practices for Cleanining, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices in All Healthcare Settings

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (PDF file)

Best Practices for the Safe Use of Glutaraldehyde in Health Care

Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S.A. (html)

Avoiding Hazards with Using Cleaners and Disinfectants on Electronic Medical Equipment

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (html)

ETHYLENE OXIDE STERILIZERS IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES: Engineering Controls and Work Practices

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health U.S.A. (html)

Replacing Ethylene Oxide and Glutaraldehyde / U.S. EPA

http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/wpie/Healthcare/EPAEtOGlut.pdf

Ethylene Oxide Sterilizers for Health Care Facilities

Canadian Standards Association (html)

Ethylene Oxide: Understanding OSHA's Exposure Monitoring Requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S.A. (html)

SKC Passive (Diffusive) Samplers

http://www.skcinc.com/passive.asp

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDELINE FOR PHENOL

Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S.A. (html)

Health Canada - Guidance Document: Disinfectant Drugs (August 2007)

(PDF file)

Cleaning Chemicals

Polution Prevention and Compliance Assistance for the Healthcare Industry

BC Centre for Disease Control - A Guide to Selection and Use of Disinfectants

(PDF file)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDELINE FOR ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthguidelines/isopropylalcohol/recognition.html

Phenol: Hazards and Precautions

University of California, Berkeley - Office of Environment, Health and Safety

Chemical Profile for PHENOL (CAS Number: 108-95-2)

http://www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/summary.tcl?edf_substance_id=108-95-2

Chemical Profile for SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE (CAS Number: 7681-52-9)

http://www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/summary.tcl?edf_substance_id=7681-52-9

Safety and Health Topics:Iodine

U.S.A. - Occupational Safety & Health Administration

In-hospital evaluation of orthophthalaldehyde as a high level disinfectant for flexible endoscopes

J Hosp Infect. 1994 Jan;26(1):15-26

Ortho-phthalaldehyde (CidexĂ OPA)

Johns Hopkins Safety Manual (PDF file)
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Electrical Hazards

Fire Safety

NIOSH / CDC (PDF file)

OSHA Hospital eTool - HealthCare Wide Hazards Module: Electrical Hazards

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/electrical/electrical.html

Canadian Standards Association - Electrical Safety and Essential Electrical Systems in Health Care Facilities

http://www.csa-intl.org/onlinestore/GetCatalogItemDetails.asp?mat=2417182&Parent=875

NFPA 70EĂ: Standard for Electrical Safety in the WorkplaceĂ, 2009 Edition

http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?pid=70E09&order_src=A291

The Effect of Static Charge Generated on Hospital Bedding

Holdstock, P. Wilson, N.:
British Textile Technol. Group, Manchester, UK

Surgery, Fire Free

Penton Media, Inc.

SURGICAL MODALITIES - ELECTRICITY, ELECTROSURGERY AND FIRE SAFETY

MARGARET M. RODRIGUEZ - EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (ppt)
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electrocautery hazards

Surgical Smoke and Infection Control

http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0195670105000770

The Mutagenicity of Electrocautery Smoke

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1561248

NIOSH HEALTH HAZARD EVALUATION REPORT -
health effects of exposure to the byproducts of surgical smoke

NIOSH (PDF file)

Surgical Smoke Evacuation

AORN Journal, June, 2008 by Ioan Cosmescu, Brenda C. Ulmer
"I feel it is extremely important for all surgical team members to be aware of the hazards of surgical smoke and the ways to eliminate smoke. The article "The hazards of surgical smoke" (1) (Vol 87, April 2008) provides valuable information about surgical smoke for perioperative nurses, who must be diligent in the evacuation of all plume."

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ergonomic hazards

Safe Patient Handling & Movement

Audrey Nelson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (ppt)

Ergonomics / Musculoskeletal Disorders / Human Factors

Healthcare Safety Info-eLink˘

MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS PREVENTION SERIES

Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario (PDF file)

Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders -
Guidelines for Nursing Homes

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

MSI - Bed Making and Cleaning in Health Care

WorkSafe BC (PDF file)

Sonography

OSHA
Sonographers are exposed to a variety of ergonomics-related risk factors. Engineering, administrative and work practice controls such as room layout and equipment placement, scheduling, staffing, patient assessment, training, and work practices may also need to be considered to reduce the risk of developing an injury.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Ceiling Lifts in Extended Care

Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC (html)

Ergonomic Patient Handling - Policy Guidelines

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (html)

Reference Guidelines for Safe Patient Handling

Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia (PDF file)

Ergonomics Publications: Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC

http://www.ohsah.bc.ca/EN/459/

Ergonomic Patient Handling - Policy Guidelines

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (html)

Reference Guidelines for Safe Patient Handling

Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia (PDF file)

High-Risk Manual Handling of Patients in Healthcare

Work Safe BC (PDF file)

Transfer Assist Devices for Safer Handling of Patients -
A Guide for Selection and Safe Use

Work Safe BC (PDF file)

A Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting

AOHP (PDF file)

Safety and Health Topics Ergonomics

Occupational Safety & Health Administration U.S.A. (html)

Cornell University Ergonomics Web

http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/

Work Safe BC - An Owner's Manual for Backs

http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/health_and_safety/by_topic/assets/pdf/back_talk.pdf

Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

NIOSH Publications and Other Resources

Hospital Bed Safety

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Ergonomic Injury Prevention in Healthcare Services

Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine Arnot Ogden Medical Center

Oregon OSHA Website Links for Health Care Ergonomics & Safety Resources

Oregon OSHA

Handle With Care Ă: The American Nurses AssociationÝs Campaign to Address Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

(PDF file)

Patient Handling in a Military Treatment Facility

Virginia Polytechnic Institute University (ppt)

Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling & Movement

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (PDF file)

Patient Transfer Equipment

http://www.ptproductsonline.com/issues/articles/2007-03_01.asp

Equipment Resource List: Patient Lift and Transfer Equipment

http://www.premierinc.com/

ArjoHuntleigh
Offers a broad range of integrated solutions for care of people with reduced mobility and related conditions, with the aim to enhance efficiency and quality of care in elderly care facilities, hospitals and other care environments.

http://www.arjohuntleigh.com/int/default.asp

BHM Medical Inc.
Manufacturers and retails patient lift and transfer equipment. Within the GETINGE Group, BHM is recognized as the specialists in home based care and our marketing efforts are focused wholly on this segment. BHM branded products are available globally through our dealer network.

http://www.bhm-medical.com/

Liko Inc.
Develops, manufactures and markets patient lifts and the most complete range of lifting accessories.

http://www.liko.com/na/

Waverley Glen
Has been focused on the safe transfer and repositioning of people since the company was founded in 1986. Since then, weÝve been supplying ceiling lifts, floor lifts, and transfer aids across North America.

http://www.waverleyglen.com/

PATIENT CARE ERGONOMIC PROGRAM

U.S. Veterans Health Administration (PDF file)

Quality Healthcare Network - Human Factors

http://www.qhn.ca/resources/humanfactors.html

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Prevention Database

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario

Computer Ergonomics: Workstation Layout and Lighting

Ontario Ministry of Labour

Computer Workstations Checklist
This checklist can help you create a safe and comfortable computer workstation.

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Musculoskeletal Disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational illness in Great Britain, affecting 1.0 million people a year.

UK Health and Safety Executive

CSA Z412 - Guideline On Office Ergonomics Smart CD-ROM

http://www.csa.ca/products/occupational/Default.asp?articleID=4421&language=english

Computer Ergonomics

Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety

Safe Patient Handling and Movement - WING / U.S.A.

http://www.wingusa.org/biblio.htm

Calculating Recommended Weight Limit (RWL)

CCOHS

Assessing Relevant Handling Factors

CCOHS

Applications Manual for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Designing Workplaces for Safer Handling of People

WorkSafe Victoria (PDF file)

Safe Patient Handling Archive: Reports, Studies and Conference Presentations

http://acc.dwd.wisconsin.gov/healthcare/safe_lifting/reportsandstudies.htm

Assessing Facility & Patient Needs Towards Appropriate Selection of Safe-Lift Equipment

OSHA (ppt)

Safe Patient Handling and Movement

Audrey Nelson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (ppt)

Back and Material Handling Issues

(ppt)

Computer Workstations - eTools

U.S.A. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Library Ergonomics

The University of Texas at Austin

Library Ergonomic Training for Stacking

University System of Georgia

Laboratory Ergonomics

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Laboratory Ergonomics Tips

Stanford University - Environmental Health and Safety

MSI - General X-ray Technologist

WorkSafe BC (PDF file)
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Facilities Management Hazards

Facilities Management Integrated Safety Management Systems

Facilities Management - The University of Iowa

Environmental Virtual Campus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Environmental Programs Office

Maintenance, Trades & Construction Safety:
procedures, guidelines, and other resources for maintenance, trades, and construction activities.

University of California at Irvine - Environmental Health and Safety

PIPE TRADES - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RISKS

Construction Safety Association of Ontario (pdf)

Health and Safety for Woodworking Shops

Work Safe BC (pdf)

Construction Site Safety Handbook

The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong (pdf)

Top 10 Construction Hazards

(ppt)

U.S. OSHA eTools and Electronic Products for Compliance Assistance

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/oshasoft/index.html

WORKING IN CONFINED SPACES - Ontario Ministry of Labour

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/news/2006/06-86b.html

ONTARIO REGULATION 632/05 - CONFINED SPACES

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_050632_e.htm

ONTARIO REG. 631/05, Confined Spaces - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

(Health Care and Residential Facilities)

OntarioÝs New Confined Space Regulations

Pinchin Environmental Newsletter

Confined Spaces - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/confinedspace/

Permit-Required Confined Spaces

U.S. Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR)

Lockout - Industrial Accident Prevention Association

pdf

University of Toronto - Lockout Tagout Standard

pdf

Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout and Other Methods

Canadian Standards Association

OSHA Hospital eTool - Healthcare Wide Hazards Module: Slips/Trips/Falls

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/slips/slips.html

Prevention of Slips, Trips and Falls

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

WorkSafe Saskatchewan

Preventing Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls

University of Florida

Guide to preventing slips, trips and falls

The State of Queensland (Department of Employment and Industrial Relations) (PDF file)

Preventing Slips and Falls

Osha Safety Training Videos

Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare - Slips and Falls ˝
A Guide to Implementing a Workplace Prevention Program -
(Consultant-Facililated Workshops)

Implementing a Slips and Falls Prevention Program Participants will learn about the prevalence of slips and falls and become familiar with the relevant legislative requirements. They will learn how to conduct a slips and falls risk assessment and how to develop a prevention program. They will learn a number of control strategies.

Books, leaflets and other resources to help you tackle slips and trips in your workplace

Health and Safety Executive - UK

Ladder Safety and Falls

Bob Emmerich - Safe-Con, LLC (ppt)

Slips, Trips and Falls in Hospital

National Patient Safety Agency (pdf)

Preventing Slips Trips and Falls

WCU 2007 (ppt)

Introduction to Fall Protection

The University of Tennessee
Office of Environmental Health & Safety (pdf)

Asbestos Floor Maintenance Guidelines

Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety

Pest Control

Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety

Hand and Power Tools - Hazards and Solutions

U.S Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Safety and Health Topics - Ventilation

U.S Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Working in Hot Environments

NIOSH

Equipment and Facilities Management

American Library Association

Contractor Safety Manual

GlaxoSmithKline

Electronic Library of Construction Health and Safety

Centre for Construction Research and Training

Construction Safety and Environmental Management Program

Brown University (PDF file)

Guidelines & Recommendations for Ventilation, Construction, and Renovation of Hospitals

CDC


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Formalin / Formaldehyde Hazards

Safety and Health Topics: Formaldehyde

Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S.A. (html)

Formaldehyde Awareness Training Booklet

Environmental Health & Safety, Iowa State University (PDF file)

Formaldehyde Exposure Measurement at Capital Health

(ppt)

Formaldehyde and Cancer: Questions and Answers

National Cancer Institute

Formaldehyde Control Plan

Wake Forest University, School of Medicine (PDF file)

Formaldehyde Exposure Control Policy

Columbia University (PDF file)

Formaldehyde Spill Response

Tufts University

Hospital Cited for Hazardous Exposures to Formaldehyde

(PDF file)

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Formaldehyde

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/formaldehyde/

Formalin (as formaldehyde)

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

FORMALDEHYDE (37% SOLUTION, methanol free)

International Chemical Safety Cards

Formaldehyde

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


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Laser Hazards

NIOSH - Control of Smoke From Laser/Electric Surgical Procedures

"During surgical procedures using a laser or electrosurgical unit, the thermal destruction of tissue creates a smoke byproduct. Research studies have confirmed that this smoke plume can contain toxic gases and vapors such as benzene, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde, bioaerosols, dead and live cellular material (including blood fragments), and viruses. At high concentrations the smoke causes ocular and upper respiratory tract irritation in health care personnel, and creates visual problems for the surgeon. The smoke has unpleasant odors and has been shown to have mutagenic potential."

Operator Error is the Key Factor Contributing to Medical Laser Accidents

Harry Moseley
The Photobiology Unit, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee

Safe use of Lasers in the Operating Room: What Perioperative Nurses Should Know

"The key source of safety standards for laser use is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which publishes standard Z136.3, "Recommended practices for laser safety for health care facilities." (1) All facility policies and procedures should be based on ANSI standards. Hospital ORs, surgery centers, and physician practice-based surgery suites are expected to comply with the recommended safety standards."
- AORN Journal, Jan, 2004 by Karen Andersen

Hospital Laser Safety Manual

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (PDF file)

CONTROL OF HAZARDS TO HEALTH FROM LASER RADIATION

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE U.S. ARMY (PDF file)

SPECIAL OPERATIONS REPORT: LASER SAFETY

SPECIAL OPERATIONS REPORT: LASER SAFETY (PDF file)

Laser Safety Policy

DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (PDF file)

Laser Safety Manual

University of Pennsylvania

LASER SAFETY

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Preventing Operating Room Fires During Surgery

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (PDF file)

Laser Safety and the Eye: Hidden Hazards and Practical Pearls

Osama Bader, MD, and Harvey Lui, MD, FRCPC
Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre, and University of British Columbia

Plume Scavenging in Surgical, Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Aesthetic Settings

CSA Z305.13

Controlling Surgical Smoke

Kay Ball, RN, BSN, MSA, Ph.D., CNOR, FAAN (PDF file)

Laser Safety

University of Ottawa

Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities

Canadian Standards Association

Safe Use of Lasers & Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities

ANSI Z136.1 AND Z136.3 COMBINATION SET

Laser Institute of America

http://www.laserinstitute.org/#

Use of Medical Lasers

OSHA - Healthcare-wide Hazards

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Laser Plumes - Health Care Facilities

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_agents/laser_plume.html

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Lasers- Health Care Facilities

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_agents/lasers.html

BC Centre for Disease Control - General Laser Guidelines

http://www.bccdc.org/content.php?item=52

Carlton University Environmental Health and Safety - Laser Safety Program

http://www.carleton.ca/ehs/ehsprograms/lasersafety.htm

The American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, ANSI Z136.1-2007

http://webstore.ansi.org/RecordDetail.aspx?sku=ANSI+Z136.1-2007

OSHA (U.S.A.) Technical Manual - Laser Hazards

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iii/otm_iii_6.html

Easy HAZ˘ Basic

Laser-Professionals Inc.
for essential laser hazard analysis calculations and is designed to give users with minimal hazard calculation experience the most useful information in the simplest format. The emphasis is on easy.

Laser Safety Basics

Laser-Professionals Inc. (ppt)

Laser Safety Manual

University of Alabama at Birmingham (PDF file)

Lessons Learned from Laser Accidents

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Laser Safety

Nikon

Laser Safety in Dentistry

Caroline Sweeney, MA, MBA, BSc

Laser Safety Lessons Learned

Chicago Office Safety and Technical Services, Justin T. Zamirowski (PDF file)

Laser Exposure Events 2001˝2005

U.S. Department of Energy (PDF file)

Medical Device Accidents and Illustrative Cases (textbook)

Leslie A. Geddes, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.


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Latex Hazard

Latex Allergy A Prevention Guide

CDC

Potential for Sensitization and Possible Allergic Reaction To Natural Rubber Latex Gloves
and other Natural Rubber Products

U.S. OSHA

OSHA Hospital eTool - HealthCare Wide Hazards Module: Latex Allergy

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/latex/latex.html

The Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC - Latex in Healthcare

http://www.ohsah.bc.ca/EN/591/#faqItem1629-5

Impact of a latex policy on an acute NHS hospital: an audit (Occupational Medicine 2005;55:501–503)

http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/55/6/501.pdf


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Laundry and Cleaning Staff Hazards

COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF AN ERGONOMIC INTERVENTION IN TWO HOSPITAL LAUNDRIES VS. A CONTROL LAUNDRY

Judy Village & Associates, School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene,
University of British Columbia (PDF file)

Epidemiology of Occupational Injury Among Cleaners in the Healthcare Sector

Hasanat Alamgir and Shicheng Yu, Occupational Medicine, Volume 58, Number 6

Implementing Hygiene Monitoring Systems in Hospital Laundries in Order to Reduce Microbial Contamination of Hospital Textiles

S . Fijan , S . et. al
Journal of Hospital Infection , Volume 61 , Issue 1

Sharps Injuries Among Hospital Support Personnel

J . Shiao, Journal of Hospital Infection , Volume 49 , Issue 4

Hospital eTool - Laundry Module

OSHA

Laundry in Health Care Facilities

WorkSafe BC (PDF file)

Sharps Toolkit - OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Program - downloads

Premier, Inc.

Bins and Needles

"Needlestick injuries are still one of the most common forms of injury among healthcare workers. A workplace risk assessment is key to devising strategies to tackle the problem, as John Harker, UK Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, explains." - 10 Sep 2007
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Lock Out - tag out

Lockout - Industrial Accident Prevention Association

pdf

University of Toronto - Lockout Tagout Standard

pdf

Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout and Other Methods

Canadian Standards Association


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Machine Safety

Prevention of Mechanical Hazards

CSST (pdf)

Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations

U.S. OSHA (pdf)

Best Practices on Conveyor Safety

Work Safe Alberta (pdf)
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Hazards

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

U.S. FDA - Radiation-Emitting Products

ACR Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007

American Roentgen Ray Society (PDF file)

Preventing accidents and injuries in the MRI suite

The Joint Commission

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety Study Guide

MR Center, Wayne State University

MRI Safety

(PDF file)

MRI Safety for Clinical Coordinators

Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences (IIBIS) Department of Radiology
Indiana University School of Medicine (ppt)

Biological Effects and Safety in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Review

Valentina Hartwig et al - Int J Environ Res Public Health v.6(6); Jun 2009

MRI Safety for Healthcare Personnel

Nicholas Joseph Jr., RT(R)

MRI and the Physical Agents (EMF) Directive

Institute of Physics Report (PDF file)

Occupational risk from static magnetic fields of MRI scanners

Jolanta Karpowicz et al - Laboratory of Electromagnetic Hazards, ˝ National Research Institute Warszawa, Poland


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Mercury Hazards

Mercury

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDELINE FOR MERCURY VAPOR

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

MERCURY USE: HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

WISCONSIN MERCURY SOURCEBOOK: HOSPITALS (PDF file)

Reducing Mercury Use in Health Care

The Sustainable Hospitals Project

Enviro-Health Links - Mercury and Human Health

National Library of Medicine, Environmental Health and Toxicology

Mercury

International Chemical Safety Cards (NIOSH)

A Guide to Mercury Assessment and Elimination in HealthCare Facilities

(PDF file)
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Methyl Methacrylate

Methyl Methacrylate

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

METHYL METHACRYLATE

International Chemical Safety Cards

Safety data for methyl methacrylate

Physical Chemistry, Oxford University


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Morgue Hazards

Morgue Hazards

U.S. OSHA

Infective Agents in Fixed Human Cadavers: A brief review and suggested guidelines

Wiley InterScience - The Anatomical Review

Infection Control at Autopsy: a guide for pathologists and autopsy personnel

Current Diagnostic Pathology Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2000, Pages 75-83
ScienceDirectĂ - Elsevier B.V.

Autopsy Safety

Charles V. Wetli, MD


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Nanotechnology Hazards

Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management

Claude Ostiguy et Brigitte Roberge,
Research and Expertise Support Department, IRSST, Quebec, Canada (PDF file)

Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology

CDC / NIOSH (PDF file)

Interim Guidance for Medical Screening and Hazard Surveillance for Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (PDF file)

Nanomaterials and nanoparticles: Sources and toxicity

Cristina Buzea, Ivan. I. Pacheco Blandino, Kevin Robbie - Biointerphases vol. 2, issue 4 (2007) (PDF file)

Nanotechnology Publications and Resources

United States National Nanotechnology Initiative


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noise hazards

Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention

NIOSH

Occupational Ototoxins (Ear Poisons) and Hearing Loss

U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (PDF file)

Choose The Hearing Protection That's Right For You

NIOSH

Prevent Hearing Loss in the Workplace

BrŞel & Kj╩r

Noise and Hearing Conservation

U.S. OSHA


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Occupational Stress Hazards in Healthcare

Occupational Stress Management - Information

Healthcare Safety Info-eLink˘

Exposure to Stress: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

CDC - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Stress at Work

CDC - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Stress

U.S. OSHA


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Patient Lifting and Transfer Hazards

OSHA - HealthCare Wide Hazards Module: Ergonomics

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/ergo/ergo.html

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Ergonomic Patient Handling - Policy Guidelines

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/patient_handling.html

Healthcare Ergonomics and Human Factors - Links to Resources

http://www.mtpinnacle.com/htm/ergonomics-human-factors.html


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Sharps Hazards

CDC- Sharps Program

(PDF file)

Hospital eTool - Healthcare Wide Hazards Module: Needlesticks / Sharps Injuries

OSHA

Enhanced Risk of Needlestick Injuries and Exposures to Blood and Body Fluids to Cardiac Anesthesiologists

Murali Chakravarthy (PDF file)

Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel

NIOSH (PDF file)

NeedleStick Forum

html

Needlestick Injuries

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

The BD Injection Education Program: A program to reinforce and standardize injection technique

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Needlestick Prevention Guide

American Nurses Association (PDF file)

Needlestick Injuries among Surgeons in Training

Martin A. Makary, M.D., M.P.H - The New England Journal of Medicine (PDF file)

Needlestick and Sharps Injury Prevention

Susan Q. Wilburn, MPH, RN (PDF file)

Sharps Injuries in Healthcare Waste Handlers

J. I. BLENKHARN - Ann. Occup. Hyg., Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 281˝286, 2008 (PDF file)

Percutaneous Injury, Blood Exposure, and Adherence to Standard Precautions: Are Hospital-Based Health Care Providers Still at Risk?

Bradley N. Doebbeling et al - Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (PDF file)

Hospital Safety Climate, Psychosocial Risk Factors and Needlestick Injuries in Japan

Derek R. SMITH - School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle (PDF file)

Guide to Managing Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

USACHPPM Technical Guide (PDF file)

The International Sharps Injury Prevention Society

http://www.isips.org/index.php

Safety Conversion Management Process - BD Canada

Over the past decade, BD has helped many healthcare institutions implement safety-engineered medical devices. In fact, BD created the first safety-engineered injection device available in the world and BD is now a leader in safety-engineered products. In Canada, BD is pleased to partner with your institution to help you implement safety-engineered technologies. This process involves understanding your needs and practices, identifying improvement opportunities and implementing a specific program that insures a successful transition.

Canadian Websites - BD Canada

http://www.bd.com/ca/safety/resources/website_resources.asp

Workbook for Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program

U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Sharps Injury Prevention Workbook

U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF file)

Needlestick and Sharps Injury Prevention - Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

The American Nurses Association

SCALPEL INJURIES IN THE OPERATING THEATRE

Amber M Watt - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons(PDF file)

Engineering Out Needle Stick Injuries

Mary Anne Moser, CRSP, CHSC, RPN, C.OHS (PDF file)

Healthcare Worker Safety; More Than Replacing Devices

(ppt)

Toronto Hospital Reduces Sharps Injuries by 80%, Eliminates Blood Collection Injuries

Laura Visser, Healthcare Quarterly, 9(1) 2006: 68-70

Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel:
Safety and Health Information Bulletin

NIOSH

International Healthcare Worker Safety Center

The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia Health System is dedicated to the prevention of occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Since 1994, the Center, under the direction of Janine Jagger, M.P.H., Ph.D., has been a leader in conducting epidemiological research on needlesticks and blood exposures, and advocating for a safer healthcare workplace.

Safety devices listed by Company - International Healthcare Worker Safety Center

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/epinet/safetydevicesbycompany.cfm

Surgical Safety Devices

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/epinet/safetydevice/surgical.cfm

British Columbia Nurses' Union Health and Safety video - "Needless Injury"

http://www.workingtv.com/needlessinjury.html#vid

Sharps Injuries in Healthcare Waste Handlers

Annals of Occupational Hygiene 2008 52(4):281-286

International Sharps Injury Prevention Society

http://www.isips.org/index.php

NEEDLESTICK INJURIES

Bandolier (PDF file)

Selecting, Evaluating, and Using Sharps Disposal Containers

CDC


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Slips, trips and Falls

Preventing Falls:How to Develop Community-based Fall Prevention Programs for Older Adults

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Atlanta, Georgia 2008 (PDF file)

REDUCING FALLS AND INJURIES FROM FALLS

Safer Healthcare Now (PDF file)

Identifying Risk Factors of Falls among BCÝs Healthcare Workers

Hasanat Alamgir & Dave Keen - Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC (PDF file)

Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers

NIOSH / CDC (PDF file)

Spot the Fall Hazards: Health Care

Ontario Ministry of Labour

Slips, Trips and Falls in hospitals

The National Patient Safety Agency, London (PDF file)

Preventing Slips and Trips in the Workplace

Health and Safety Executive U.K.

Slips and Trips eLearning Package

Health and Safety Executive U.K.

Slips Assessment Tool (SAT)

Health and Safety Executive U.K.

Resource Centre
Books, leaflets and other resources to help you tackle slips and trips in your workplace

Health and Safety Executive U.K.

Slips/Falls From Height Standard Operating Procedure

IAPA (PDF file)

OSHA Hospital eTool - Healthcare Wide Hazards Module: Slips/Trips/Falls

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/slips/slips.html

Prevention of Slips, Trips and Falls

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

WorkSafe Saskatchewan

Preventing Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls

University of Florida

Guide to preventing slips, trips and falls

The State of Queensland (Department of Employment and Industrial Relations) (PDF file)

Preventing Slips and Falls

Osha Safety Training Videos

Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare - Slips and Falls ˝
A Guide to Implementing a Workplace Prevention Program -
(Consultant-Facililated Workshops)

Implementing a Slips and Falls Prevention Program Participants will learn about the prevalence of slips and falls and become familiar with the relevant legislative requirements. They will learn how to conduct a slips and falls risk assessment and how to develop a prevention program. They will learn a number of control strategies.

Books, leaflets and other resources to help you tackle slips and trips in your workplace

Health and Safety Executive - UK

Ladder Safety and Falls

Bob Emmerich - Safe-Con, LLC (ppt)

Slips, Trips and Falls in Hospital

National Patient Safety Agency (pdf)

Preventing Slips Trips and Falls

WCU 2007 (ppt)

Introduction to Fall Protection

The University of Tennessee
Office of Environmental Health & Safety (pdf)

Protecting Your Feet

Maureen Alvarez, CIH, CSP (WorkCare˘)

JORDAN DAVID All-Traction˘ Footwear

Slip resistant footwear for the workplace


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Surgery Hazards

Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Medical and Surgical Staff

Government of Alberta (PDF file)

UV-C Exposure and Health Effects in SurgicalPersonnel

David Sylvain, MS, CIH; Loren Tapp, MD, MS - (CDC) (PDF file)

Safety in Surgery - International Healthcare Worker Safety Center

Resources to reduce risk and improve healthcare worker safety in surgical settings

Healthcare-Wide Hazards - Surgical Suite Module

OSHA

International Hazard Datasheets on Occupation ˇ Surgeon

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel:
Safety and Health Information Bulletin

CDC

Fires in the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit: Awareness is the Key to Prevention

International Anesthesia Research Society

Essential Surgical Care - Cleaning, Sterilization and Disinfection

World Health Organization

The Patient is on Fire! A Surgical Fires Primer

ECRI Institute


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Xylene, Toluene, Benzene / Organic Solvent Hazards

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Health Effects of Xylene

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/chem_profiles/xylene/health_xyl.html

Occupational Safety and Health Administration- Xylene

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthguidelines/xylene/index.html

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Health Effects of Toluene

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/chem_profiles/toluene/health_tol.html

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDELINE FOR TOLUENE

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthguidelines/toluene/recognition.html

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Health Effects of Benzene

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/chem_profiles/benzene/health_ben.html

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Safety and Health Topics: Benzene

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/benzene/index.html

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Organic Solvents

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/organsolv/

 


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