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April 2019 Archives

EMS and health care workers should not forget eye protection

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, wearing protective gloves is like second nature for EMS and health care workers; however, many fail to wear adequate eye protection. This applies to workers in California and other states. The AAO says almost 20,000 eye injuries are reported each year in all industries, and nine in 10 of the victims of those injuries did not wear protective eyewear. A 2016 study determined that wearing eye protection is a matter of personal preference and not seen as an essential part of workplace safety.

Workers' compensation: Heat stress threatens California workers

Prompt treatment of heat stress symptoms can prevent it from developing into a life-threatening condition. Every year, thousands of California workers file workers' compensation claims for preventable work-related health issues. It is crucial for workers in all industries to learn how to recognize the telltale signs of heat illness in themselves and their co-workers.

Workers' compensation: Many injuries follow unsafe practices

Safety authorities say many workplace accidents nationwide, including California, happen as the result of unsafe practices rather than hazardous work environments. Fortunately, the state-regulated workers' compensation program is a no-fault system that pays benefits regardless of who was at fault. So even if a worker makes a mistake that causes an injury, he or she will likely still be eligible for insurance benefits.

Cancer-causing smoke threatens health care workers in ORs

Many workers in California are exposed to carcinogens on the job every day. One cancer-causing agent that might not be well-known is surgical smoke. Health care workers who spend significant time in operating rooms have an elevated risk of contracting cancer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says surgical smoke is as hazardous as cigarette smoke.

Hazardous drugs and drug waste threaten health care workers

Hazardous drugs and drug waste threaten the safety of millions of workers in California and across the country. Along with health care workers, others in the life cycle of some dangerous drugs face similar risks of potential exposure. Contamination can happen via various routes of entry into the bodies of workers involved in shipping, receiving, distribution, transport, compounding, administering and the ultimate disposal of hazardous drug waste.

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