The occupational hazards of healthcare personnel in hospitals: A study based on review of literature

Abhinav Sarma


Hospitals have many unique hazards that can potentially affect the health of employees. These hazards include biological hazards, chemical hazards, ergonomic hazards, hazardous drugs, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, shift work, stress, and violence. These hazards, if not taken seriously, by the hospitals and the healthcare organizations can have adverse effects on the health of the healthcare personnel. Severe health hazards and injuries can lead to workers missing work or being assigned to restricted or modified duty. This might bring down the productivity of the hospitals and would also leave the healthcare workers in a poor state of health. This paper attempts to identify the different occupational hazards faced by the healthcare personnel in the hospitals and puts an effort to suggest some probable measures to reduce the effect of these hazards.


Keywords: Occupational hazards, health hazards, healthcare personnel, hospitals, health services

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