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Managing biohazards and environmental safety 

Managing biohazards and environmental safety
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Managing biohazards and environmental safety
Author(s):

Ferenc Kovari

and Gilbert Park

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0018
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date: 26 February 2020

This chapter highlights the most common sources of biohazards in a critical care unit and points out the importance of a safe environment. Detailed information is provided on various biological and chemical agents, including risks posed by radiation. As part of the topic of health care ergonomics, various issues are discussed. Washing hands is the key to reducing biological hazards. Wearing appropriate protective gear minimizes the risk of chemical hazard. Complying with safety rules and attending regular training help avoiding risks resulting from handling dangerous materials, electronic equipment. As a new approach we included the potential risk of psychological factors such as stress and noise.

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