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E-fact 35: Risk assessment for care workers

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E-fact 35: Risk assessment for care workers
  • EU
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Available in languages: 
English
Description: 

Following a brief introduction to home care work and occupational safety and health (OSH) issues related to care worker activities, this e-fact includes sections on how to do a risk assessment and how to use a checklist. An example of a general checklist to help answer the question ‘Does the hazard exist at the workplace?’ is provided. An extensive list of ‘Proposed solutions and examples of preventive measures’ is then considered for the different questions posed in this checklist. A case study is then presented, showing how appropriate education and training and the use of risk assessment tools and a resource guide can alter a home care worker’s perception of OSH issues and, in this way, reduce the potential for injuries and claims. Finally, at the end of the e-fact, sources of further information are listed.

Sector / Industry covered: 
HUMAN HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Tasks covered: 
Contact with Humans or Animals
Medical and Dental Services
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Biochemical hazards
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Bites and stings
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Sharps and cuts
Skin absorption
Substance description
Substance description: 

hazardous chemicals (caustic, irritant, toxic or allergenic substances),

 

mixing cleaning products

 

 ...

Prevention measures: 
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Risk assessment
Type
Type: 
EU & international information
Target group: 
Employers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Workers
Year of publication: 
2008