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NIOSH Study Shows Healthcare Workers Need More Training In Hazardous Chemical Handling

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Jul 8, 2014 11:09:00 AM

According to the CDC, the healthcare industry is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy—employing over 18 million workers.  These workers face a range of job hazards such as back injuries, exposure to human pathogens and stress. Many are unique to this industry, such as needle/sharps sticks, latex allergy, or injuries due to patient violence.  The CDC states that while many industry sectors have experienced reductions in occupational injury and illness, healthcare workers continue to experience incidents in the workplace, and cases of nonfatal occupational injury and illness among to healthcare workers are among the highest of any industry sector. 

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Topics: NIOSH, healthcare workers, hazardous chemical training, healthcare training

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